Source: The Des Moines Register



Tortilla chips are going biotech. The Des Moines Register has reported that farmers in Iowa, Nebraska and other states have started growing a small amount of genetically modified white corn this year after word came down from processors they would start accepting it. White corn, the variety that's milled into chips, taco shells and tortillas, has for years been free of genetic engineering.



"Our domestic millers have always been in favor of it," said Todd Gerdes, specialty grains manager for Aurora Cooperative, which buys white corn at three of its locations in Nebraska. The corn is sold to domestic mills and for export. "What they've always wanted to do is to make sure that they didn't accept (biotech versions) and drive away their customers."



"They've come to a comfort level where they can convince their customers it's OK."



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