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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.

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  • Lesley

    The article you cited and your blog entry don’t jive. Syngenta has had the Bt corn available for quite a while now.

    “Monsanto will compete with pest-killing sweet corn seeds that Syngenta AG (SYNN) of Switzerland has sold for more than a decade, she said. ”

    Syngenta may be based in Switzerland, but their products are also sold here.

    • Donna

      Hi Lesley! While it’s true that gm sweet corn was approved as far back as 1998, and has been under patented ownership of Sygneta until now, it does not appear that Bt sweet corn has entered the consumer market on any substantial scale. The fact that Monsanto, the largest biotech firm in the world, has now developed the sweet corn product, is why many news sources are picking this up now. As reported, Monsanto is already in talks with carriers for their corn product, expecting to shelve it in the fall.

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