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Is All American Corn GMO?

By    |   Thursday, 04 Jun 2015 12:30 PM


Corn ranks high on lists of food products most likely to contain GMOs, or genetically modified organisms.

Since 1996, corn has been genetically modified, and according to the USDA, 93 percent of the corn crops planted in the United States contained GMOs in 2014. But keep in mind that most of that corn is field corn, much of which will be fed to animals, although some may be made into corn-based products like cereal.

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In 2011, Monsanto introduced GMO sweet corn, but according to the Non-GMO Project (NGP), a couple of years later it looked as if farmers were not embracing the product. Citing a 2013 Friends of the Earth study that looked at 70 different sweet corn products, including canned and frozen products, the study found that only two of the corn products contained GMOs.

“GMO sweet corn is genetically engineered to be herbicide resistant (Roundup Ready) and to produce its own insecticide (Bt Toxin). Like all GMOs, genetically modified sweet corn has not been thoroughly tested to ensure that it is safe for consumption,” NGP reported.

“Monsanto’s genetically engineered sweet corn appears to be a big flop in the United States," said Friends of the Earth's Lisa Archer. "Companies here are starting to reject genetically engineered foods, and rightly so. They know their customers, particularly parents, are leery of unlabeled, poorly studied GMOs.”

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The same did not hold true in Canadian stores and roadside stands in 2013. The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network examined 43 samples of “conventional fresh, sweet corn,” and found that 15, or about 35 percent, contained GMOs.

NGP has created a program that allows companies to certify their project as being GMO-free. There are numerous corn products – everything from popcorn to corn syrup and corn flakes – that have taken advantage of that labeling to promote their products.

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