Wal-Mart to sell GM sweet corn

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced it has no objection to selling genetically modified sweet corn from Monsanto Company in its stores. Anti-biotech activists and consumers pleaded with the company to not sell the GM sweet corn.

“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 told the Chicago Tribune.

Many were surprised by Wal-Mart’s acceptance of the GM sweet corn. Earlier this year, other retailers, including Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and General Mills, said they would not carry or use the genetically modified sweet corn.

Part of the issue of acceptance of GM sweet corn, activists and concerned consumers say, is that sweet corn, unlike field corn, is eaten directly and is not processed into other food ingredients. They say this increases the risk.

Monsanto’s GM sweet corn is modified to resist a common herbicide and contains a toxin to ward off certain pests. Monsanto claims the GM sweet corn will help reduce the amount of insecticide sprays the crop needs. But critics are not convinced that this GM sweet corn does not pose health risks.

Michael Hansen, a senior scientist at the Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, told the Chicago Tribune that an increase in the number of food allergies could be related to genetically modified foods. He questions if there is a connection between the two.

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Gordon Butcher    
Calgary, Canada  |  August, 13, 2012 at 03:58 PM

Good for Wal-Mart for standing up for science based decisions versus non science based hearsay and scare mongering. This is a true vistory that we should celebrate.

Houlton, Maine  |  August, 14, 2012 at 07:40 AM

"Scientific" research funded by the same company that has developed it can not be credibly used. WalMart should not be selling GMO sweet corn to its consumers, especially as it will not be labeled as such. It is unethical.

D. Fusco    
New York State  |  August, 15, 2012 at 10:19 AM

If one eats GM Monsanto corn chances are they will also be consuming herbicides such as Round Up since most of this corn is planted no-till in fields soaked with the herbicide. For those who don't care - enjoy your dinner!

Kevin Atwell    
Loxley, Alabama  |  August, 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM

What do you believe growers are using on non-GM sweet corn to control weeds and insects?

Philip Fernandez    
Captain Cook, Hawaii  |  August, 15, 2012 at 03:49 PM

If they are using Round-Up, they are not in the practice of Drenching the crop with it. The other part that you are not addressing is the pesticide's effect in the human body once consumed.

scranton pa  |  August, 23, 2012 at 07:07 AM

I am normally a HUGE advocate of WalMart. I am NOT on this! I agree with Angela, one should not base its business ethics on research done by the company who developed the modification. This is gross, unethical, I will not now nor ever buy corn from Walmart again!-GROSS


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