Genetically-Modified Sweet Corn To “Stalk” Shelves in Autumn
Although nearly 90% of the field corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified, until now this corn has only been used as animal feed and in processed foods. Beginning this fall, however, Monsanto plans to introduce sweet corn. It will be the first corn manufactured for the consumer market.
According to a report published by Bloomberg, the sweet corn seeds are engineered to kill insects living above and below ground and to tolerate applications of the company’s Roundup herbicide. Consuelo Madere, Monsanto vice president for vegetables, told reporters at company headquarters in St. Louis today that Monsanto is currently in discussions with companies that would can or freeze the corn.