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Wed Aug 8, 2012, 03:25 PM

Monsanto's Ge Sweet corn to hit the shelves.

http://www.nationofchange.org/monsanto-ge-sweet-corn-hit-walmart-shelves-1344432509

I called my local (Novi, Michigan) Walmart and Sam's Club to see if they knew where their corn came from.
The Walmart store when asked just hung up on me! The Sam's Club, of which I am a business member, sounded confused
and very evasive. I asked if it would be their policy to label the Genetically modified product as such, they responded,
"Really don't think so". I did find out that even though they market the produce as "local" it is from Florida. No disrespect to Florida.

Just don't buy this product, consumer demand, or lack thereof, will prevail. Send a message with your dollars. It's all we have left!!


Above link from "Nation of Change"

"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."

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Reply Monsanto's Ge Sweet corn to hit the shelves. (Original post)
N_E_1 for Tennis Aug 2012 OP
no_hypocrisy Aug 2012 #1
N_E_1 for Tennis Aug 2012 #3
yellowcanine Aug 2012 #7
4th law of robotics Aug 2012 #11
HiPointDem Aug 2012 #9
yellowcanine Aug 2012 #10
bunnies Aug 2012 #2
N_E_1 for Tennis Aug 2012 #4
bunnies Aug 2012 #8
N_E_1 for Tennis Aug 2012 #15
yellowcanine Aug 2012 #6
bunnies Aug 2012 #12
yellowcanine Aug 2012 #14
get the red out Aug 2012 #5
yellowcanine Aug 2012 #13
barbtries Aug 2012 #16
N_E_1 for Tennis Aug 2012 #17
FarCenter Aug 2012 #18
progressoid Aug 2012 #19
Marrah_G Aug 2012 #20

Response to N_E_1 for Tennis (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 03:27 PM

1. With 85 to 90 percent of U.S. corn grown being GM,

I think I'll assume all corn but the stuff grown at my local farm will be GM. Not worth asking to begin with.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 03:31 PM

3. Should be labeled as such tho.

or don't you care what you eat? Sorry if I offended you.

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Response to N_E_1 for Tennis (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 03:46 PM

7. His point was most corn is GMO, not that he didn't care what he eats.

At least I didn't get that out of the post.

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Response to N_E_1 for Tennis (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 03:56 PM

11. I'm ok with labeling it, but saying someone doesn't care about what they eat

 

if they're ok with eating GM isn't a fair accusation.

It's like saying anyone who doesn't keep strictly Kosher doesn't care what they eat. It matters to some people for personal reasons but as far as health goes there's really no difference.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 03:50 PM

9. You missed this: "first... product developed by Monsanto that will go straight to the consumer's

 

plate rather than being processed into animal feed...."

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 03:53 PM

10. A lot of sweet corn is GMO for Bt. It is not labeled in any way. Most people buying sweet corn are

not even aware of this. The article is a bit misleading, makes it sound like the Monsanto Roundup Ready sweet corn is the first GMO sweet corn being sold to consumers. Bt sweet corn has been around for at least 5 years.

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Response to N_E_1 for Tennis (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 03:31 PM

2. I believe GMO food has a 5 number plu that begins with 8...

 

People who know this will be able to avoid the shit. Aassuming its labeled correctly.
As for the average joe, not so much. Sick.

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Response to bunnies (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 03:35 PM

4. THX, now I know

Will pass this on to all I know.
I grow most of our food (veggies) so this is kinda new to me!
Never knew what to look for.
Thanks again!

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Response to N_E_1 for Tennis (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 03:46 PM

8. :)

 

My job requires me to spend my time in the produce department of some grocery stores. So Im constantly reading the trade mags that the managers receive. Its just like organic food has a 5 number plu that begins with 9. Problem is, Id venture to guess that most wal-mart shoppers will have no idea this designation exists.

Congrats on growing your own produce, btw. If only I had a yard, I'd be right there with ya!

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Response to bunnies (Reply #8)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 04:05 PM

15. I live in a mobile home

with a "yard" that is maybe....... 13' x 50'.
Some has to be saved for my dogs business. (goes to compost)
But it is amazing what you can produce with raised gardens.
I buy my seeds at "Sustainable Seeds.com".
Have more zucchini than I can handle, the "overflow" goes to my neighbors.
Who desperately need food. I am blessed I can do what I do.
So far, about 10 lbs. of bush beans and at least 40 lbs of Roma and San Marzano tomatoes.
Along with about 15 lbs fo Fresno peppers, Paplanos and Red Marconi sweet peppers.
A variety of herbs round out the bunch.

Ya don't need much room if you have any at all.

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Response to bunnies (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 03:42 PM

6. Actually you cannot count on that. There is no requirement to label GMO, using the plu or

otherwise. And a lot of sweet corn is sold loose in the husks. There is no plu anyway.
The only way you can be reasonably sure it is not GMO is if it says "USDA Certified Organic." Or buy it from someone you trust who says it is not GMO or grow it yourself.

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #6)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 03:56 PM

12. huh. I didnt realize the designation was "optional"

 

That seriously pisses me off. The grocery stores have to supply a plu, or the corn wouldnt be sellable at the checkout. However it appears that the stores can just assign a generic number for corn (which is usually located on the sign).


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Response to bunnies (Reply #12)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 04:05 PM

14. It is a generic plu, yes. They actually do this with a lot of loose vegetables.

Unless it says USDA Certified Organic you should assume it might be GMO. Note, not just "organic." That designation really doesn't mean anything. Your state might have a certification also and you would have to look up the information to see what it means in terms of GMO.

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Response to N_E_1 for Tennis (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 03:36 PM

5. Thanks for this

I will make sure to only get corn at Trader Joe's or our local Food Co-op now. I had no idea the stuff was going straight from factory farm to the stores at this point. I don't buy food at Walmart but I do buy food at Kroger.

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Response to N_E_1 for Tennis (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 03:57 PM

13. Yes "consumer demand, or lack thereof, will prevail." And consumers will snap this stuff up like

candy. Americans buy on price, not philosophy.

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Response to N_E_1 for Tennis (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 04:06 PM

16. how will we know?

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Response to barbtries (Reply #16)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 04:10 PM

17. California is leading the way ...

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Response to N_E_1 for Tennis (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 04:27 PM

18. Being neither a rootworm nor a weed....

 

I don't really care.

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Response to N_E_1 for Tennis (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 04:39 PM

19. Gee whiz. Walmart and Sams treating their customers like shit?

Who wudda thunk it?


DON'T SHOP THERE...PERIOD

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Response to N_E_1 for Tennis (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 04:42 PM

20. We stopped eating corn product unless they say non-gmo now.

It's a sad thing that our elected officials have allowed and even encouraged.

I can't stress enough how important it is to shop at farmer's markets whenever possible and to talk to those farmers about their crops ( they LOVE to talk about what they do). The more we use them, the lower the prices get, the better off we are and the better off the farmers are.

For New England folks, we found non-gmo corn chips at Market Basket! (cheaper then whole foods)

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