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Like it or not, Monsanto’s genetically modified sweet corn will soon be arriving on grocery store shelves of the world’s largest retailer, Walmart Stores, Inc., and will not be labeled as such. Despite an onslaught of consumer pressure, the company confirmed late last week with the Chicago Tribune that it has no objection to selling the new crop of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GE) sweet corn.
Other retailers, including the grocery chains Safeway and Kroger, have not responded on the issue, however Whole Foods, Trader Joes and General Mills have all vowed to not carry or use the GE sweet corn. As the country’s largest grocery retailer, Walmart sells $129 billion worth of food a year, giving it unmatched power in shaping the food supply chain.
The GE sweet corn is the first consumer product developed by Monsanto that will go straight from the farm to the consumer’s plate, rather than first being processed into animal feed, sugars, oils, fibers and other ingredients found in a wide variety of conventional food. It is engineered to be resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, the active ingredient of which is glyphosate. The product is also designed to produce a Bt toxin that will kill insects that feed on the plant. Monsanto’s new sweet corn is being harvested in the Midwest, Northwest, Southeast and Texas.
“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,” Walmart officials told the Tribune.
Russian biologists have found that hamsters fed a GMO soybean diet to become infertile after three generations. Reported recently in the Huffington Post, this dramatically concerning discovery raises a lot more questions about the malignant and rapidly expanding genetically modified organisms already known to cause a variety of health problems like allergies, cancer, and auto-immune diseases just to name a few
Originally posted by DamTyD
Warnings are not needed for Walmart shoppers. Does anyone think they have standards?
Corn is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, as well as sodium. It's also a good source of dietary fiber, thiamin and folate. However, 82 percent of the calories in this food are from carbohydrates. This high-carbohydrate content is why corn can be used to make corn syrup a low-priced sugar alternative
Originally posted by MDDoxs
The main concern here is the bottom line for these companies.
Walmart needs low costs and large quantities to make its business model work. Monsanto is the same in dealing with Walmart. Use GE crops to produce greater yeilds to lower costs and move more volume.
They make quite a romatic couple. They share so many interests. World Domination and Money
Originally posted by greeneyedleo
While I understand why some shop at Walmart for groceries, you could not pay me enough to buy my groceries from there. How many times have they had recalls on MEAT?