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Eng Reports: "Rejecting entreaties from consumers and activists, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it has no objection to selling a new crop of genetically modified sweet corn created by biotech giant Monsanto."

A young girl eats corn on the cob ... is it genetically modified? (photo: Shutterstock)
A young girl eats corn on the cob ... is it genetically modified? (photo: Shutterstock)


Walmart OK's Monsanto GM Corn

By Monica Eng, Chicago Tribune

04 August 12

 

ejecting entreaties from consumers and activists, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it has no objection to selling a new crop of genetically modified sweet corn created by biotech giant Monsanto.

"After closely looking at both sides of the debate and collaborating with a number of respected food safety experts, we see no scientifically validated safety reasons to implement restrictions on this product," the company confirmed to the Tribune.

Environmental and health activists expressed surprise and disappointment at Wal-Mart's decision. Earlier this year, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and General Mills said they would not carry or use the genetically modified sweet corn.

"A lot of people who were their customers explicitly said we don't want you to carry this product, and I think it's unfortunate that they chose not listen to that feedback," said Patty Lovera, assistant director of the consumer group Food and Water Watch. In March, the group presented Wal-Mart with a petition signed by 463,000 people asking it to boycott the product, she said.

The Safeway and Kroger grocery chains did not respond to inquiries from the Tribune about the issue.

Monsanto's genetically modified sweet corn is resistant to a common herbicide, which allows farmers to kill weeds without killing the corn. It also contains a toxin that fends off certain pests.

Monsanto on Thursday said that the corn, which is being harvested now in the Midwest and Northeast, will help reduce insecticide use in the U.S.

"Overall, sweet corn makes up less than 1 percent of total corn acreage in the United States ... yet accounts for 40 percent of all corn insecticide treatments," the company said in a statement. "Farmers who grow biotech sweet corn can reduce insecticide applications by as much as 85 percent."

Critics say they would like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require some pre-market safety testing and labeling of genetically modified foods, saying the lack of study makes it impossible to know whether they pose health risks.

"There has been a doubling of food allergies in this country since 1996," said Michael Hansen, a senior scientist at Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports. "Is it connected to genetically engineered foods? Who knows when you have no labeling? That is the problem."

While genetically modified corn has been in American processed foods since the mid-'90s, Hansen said he worries that eating it straight off the cob could pose greater risks.

"Whatever the risks of (this technology), you would expect higher exposure eating a product such as sweet corn," he said.

Genetically modified ingredients, in which a gene from one species is transferred to another to bestow certain traits, are in an estimated 70 percent of all American processed foods.

In the U.S., 86 percent of all corn and 93 percent of soy crops are genetically modified.

Labeling of such foods is required in the European Union, China, Russia, Australia and Japan but not in the U.S. Although the FDA encourages companies to do safety studies, they are not required to do so.

This year the American Medical Association affirmed its stance that genetically modified foods do not need to be labeled but said they should undergo mandatory pre-market safety testing.


 

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+31 # pernsey 2012-08-04 21:02
I dont shop Walmart and this just seals the deal. They dont care about the health of their customers, and I dont care to patronize their poison selling store.

I wonder how many people monsanto had to pay off so they wouldnt have to label their food? Im sure the FDA took a major payola as well as many politicians...t his is sick!
 
 
+19 # brux 2012-08-04 22:10
I agree with you on Monsanto, there should be demonstrations at Wal-Mart to force them to change their minds. I have a Wal-Mart close to me - - - that I never shop at, and I'd show up to get rid of GMOs!
 
 
+18 # brux 2012-08-04 22:08
> Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and General Mills

Guess that's where I'll be doing my shopping then.
 
 
+16 # Adoregon 2012-08-04 22:08
The question that comes immediately to my mind is:

Will the Waltons (Wal-Mart heirs who possess billions of dollars as the result of their ownership positions of Wal-Mart stock), eat the GM corn their stores sell?
 
 
+3 # pernsey 2012-08-05 06:38
Quoting Adoregon:
The question that comes immediately to my mind is:

Will the Waltons (Wal-Mart heirs who possess billions of dollars as the result of their ownership positions of Wal-Mart stock), eat the GM corn their stores sell?


I seriously doubt it, Im sure they can afford the finest and healthiest of foods, so they dont have to eat the poison food they sell to us peons.
 
 
+1 # Vern Radul 2012-08-05 11:10
They can afford it only because the "peons" line up daily to give them money.
 
 
+1 # pernsey 2012-08-05 12:33
Quoting Antemedius:
They can afford it only because the "peons" line up daily to give them money.


Most people arent aware the stuff is poison, if this was on the local news channels, in the paper, or on TV (MSM) and people were aware of it, I would say they get what they get, but most people in the US trust their food is safe, and thats just not the truth. They arent aware they are buying bargain Walmart poison.

Im one peon they wont see coming through their doors any time soon. I am aware they sell poison food and Im not interested. Im very aware of the things I eat, and Walmart anything is not on my menu.
 
 
+1 # RODNOX 2012-08-04 23:02
JUST another strike against our GMO supporting government
 
 
0 # Electricrailwaygod 2012-08-04 23:50
Interesting. I AM concerned! I have a relatively new disease that had been found in America, in Brainerd, Minnesota. (Wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brainerd_diarrhea) this had been unearthed in 1983 that initially 122 people had sustained this illness, albeit it is fortunately a self-limiting one. The symptoms are very simular to the stomach flu, as frequent watery diarrhoea is the predominate symptom. I have had this unrelenting illness for almost four months, and as there is yet to be any cure found, I just have to wait it out until it resolves itself. It is very debilitating as one is practically 'married' to a bathroom!

The official cause was raw milk. Sorry, but I don't believe that raw mild was responsible, but some unknown pathogen as caused by all this corporate GM food! It is a travesty that Walgreeds has arived at this decision! They alrready had cut off accepting low income medical insurance at their chemists, and this only shows that Walgreeds (Walgreens) is a very greedy and callous corporation! SHAME ON THEM!
 
 
+2 # Electricrailwaygod 2012-08-04 23:54
Sorry! WRONG corporation! It is WALMART that is responsible, NOT Walgreens! (But I still shan't apologise for the other thing I had comment about in regard to the denial of low income insurance at their pharmacies! that IS deplorable)!
 
 
+9 # angelfish 2012-08-05 00:23
The ONLY thing that Walmart is interested in is PROFIT! BOYCOTT them! They don't give a damn what the people want or what is good for the Consumer! All they care about is their bottom line! They won't hardly hire anyone Full Time so they can avoid paying a decent wage and, Oh NO! Health Benefits! They are among the WEALTHIEST Corporations in America, but I'll wager ninety-eight (98) % of their goods come from China or elsewhere! Hit them where it hurts. DON'T patronize Walmart! Become aware of who and what your merchants are up to in your neighborhood so you can avoid giving them the opportunity to poison you with their genetically altered garbage! oh yes, and never, EVER vote ReTHUGlican!
 
 
+5 # lamancha 2012-08-05 01:01
It's really painful to live in this ouuntry with the likes of Walmart pandering to Monsanto who caters to the establishment - while all of them poison the American public. When the heck are we going to wake up to the monsters whom are hell bent on screwing all of us? To see that picture of the little girl eating that tainted corn is so distressing - yet millions are gullible. This behemonth must be stopped in its tracks - otherwise we're all dooomed. O.K., back to your "American Idol" and other corporate sponsored distractions.
 
 
+4 # pernsey 2012-08-05 07:54
The reason people will buy this corn and serve this poison unwittingly to their children, is because no one is talking about Monsanto in the mainstream media. I talked to my father and sister about it, and they consider themselves up on the latest news. They havent heard a thing about it, mainstream media is not talking about Monsanto. I know about it due to RSN, but most people have no clue about this garbage food and how bad it is for them.
 
 
+4 # lamancha 2012-08-05 01:07
Stop shopping at Walmart - let's picket them - can we finally make a stand? They are total a-holes and SOB' - the scum of the earth - regardless of how much money they save us. They have no regard for human life.
 
 
+3 # PeggyO 2012-08-05 02:05
Attention Walmart Shoppers: Wake-Up! Shop elsewhere.
 
 
0 # cafetomo 2012-08-05 10:12
I went in to the new Walmart, yesterday. A truly sad excuse for a produce section, with most else being selected on its' capacity for shelf life. Corn was nearly twice what they have it for in Safeway, which knows better than to admit to much of anything. In all, I found it a place for people who hate the greater convenience, lesser price and superior selection of shopping online. But what disturbed me was the look in the eyes of employees that said: "We know, but we are desperate enough to accept and expect abuse as the face of this faceless corporation." These are minimally paid local people, like you and me, with little else to lose. If you go there, be kind to anyone who would work in such a place. They would do better if they knew how.
 
 
+4 # JDW 2012-08-05 10:44
Besides picketing Walmart, which would be a great thing to do, support the California State proposition to label genetically modified foods. Proposition 37 has huge voter support and would start the ball rolling to label GMOs nationwide. We are up against Monsanto and several other corps and the Grocery Manufacturers Assoc. who have stated defeated Prop. 37 is their highest priority this year.

Prop. 37 is our best hope for getting this poison out of the food supply. www.carighttoknow.org. Thank you and good health to all!
 
 
+1 # reiverpacific 2012-08-05 10:57
Just a reminder once again.
ANY pronouncement that WAL-FART and/or any other corporate behemoth chooses to print or declaim on the owner-media BELIVE THE DIRECT OPPOSITE!
It's a good basic rule in this era of utterly oppressive blanket commercializati on and infotainment.
All, they want is people's dumb complicity and as many $ as they can con them into parting with and rationalize (catch the Waltons or their executives eating this shite? -Not on yer Nelly!).
Support local farmers, suppliers and artisans as much as possible -it's a one growing backward movement that makes sense in apposition to the Scientifically- bought and floated toxic-gruel manufacturers.
 
 
0 # Vern Radul 2012-08-05 11:07
WalMart, of course, will hang a nice big bright label on the shelf they display this "corn" on, saying "Genetically Modified 'Food(heh)' - Buying and eating this product is at your own risk and you expressly release WalMart from any and all responsibility for your actions, health, and or life."
 
 
+2 # pernsey 2012-08-05 12:39
Quoting Antemedius:
WalMart, of course, will hang a nice big bright label on the shelf they display this "corn" on, saying "Genetically Modified 'Food(heh)' - Buying and eating this product is at your own risk and you expressly release WalMart from any and all responsibility for your actions, health, and or life."


This makes me want to go to Walmart with my own sign to put over their corn sign, saying this is a GE product eat at your own risk.
 
 
0 # Vern Radul 2012-08-05 14:16
Speaking the truth and doing that might get you arrested and charged with "defiant trespassing"

--> http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/08/02-1

Good idea! Walmart deserves lots of publicity for this.
 
 
+1 # Electricrailwaygod 2012-08-05 14:09
On my comment I made yesterday in regard to my own case of sustaining a moderate case of Brainerd diarrhoea, it is apparently not caused by any pathogen per se, but some unknown toxin. Thus I still believe that even these unknown toxins are man made, and in part as a result of this irresponsible corporate nonsense of GM (geneticially modified) foods that they are forcing upon -- especially -- the poorer members of the general public. New diseases like Brainerd diarrhoea will be springing up world wide as more GMOs are introduced to th environment -- especially without sufficient safety monitoring. So shameful.
 
 
0 # rhgreen 2012-08-06 12:41
I don't have any objection either as long as it's labelled. Is it?
 
 
0 # PaulieO 2012-08-06 14:27
I consider Monsanto, especially and Walmart secondarily as the two (2) of the most evil companies on the planet today. I never shop Walmart and from everything I have read in my investigation of the subject GE or GMO corn is not proven and as a result there could be many unintended and currently unknown consequences. Why won't they let these type of products be labeled if there is nothing wrong? Are they trying to ensure a steady stream of patients for the AMA and prescription users for Big Pharma? It is all one big mess and the American people have to find a way to protect themselves from these assaults on our wellbeing.
 

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