Calling all food activists! Monsanto is seeking deregulated status of their newest genetically engineered corn “MON 87460”. The public has a chance to comment until August 12, 2011.
Monsanto has yet another genetically engineered corn they want the US government to allow to contaminate the food stream. Of course, they aren’t describing it that way, but contamination will be the inevitable result. We already know this from the introduction of their pesticide-producing BT corn in the 1990s.
If you’ve practiced or studied seed-saving, you know that corn is wind-pollinated from up to a mile away. Catch that? A mile (or 1.6 kilometers). That means that anyone growing corn within at least a mile of their genetically engineered crop will likely have their crop contaminated through cross-pollination, altering those genes forever. There’s no going back once we lose a pure gene pool. These genes can spread into organically certified corn crops as well, and may have already.
This is a huge risk to not only our food supply, but to our economy as well. Monsanto has already produced several duds – GE plants that are not living up to their promises of increased production and that instead worried consumers. Allowing another GE crop into the food stream will put us at further risk of loss of genetic diversity and food contamination with an organism that has no proven safety record.
Growing up in Oregon, I never would have guessed how much of my adult life would be spent trying to stop what is, essentially, food piracy. Neither would I have guessed how much easier it would be to communicate with a large group of people. Thank you, Internet.
Also, check out my sample comment. My comment covers a couple key factors that the food industry cares about – consumer confidence and economics.
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Attn: Department of Agriculture
I am a concerned consumer who does not want this genetically engineered corn to be deregulated. I understand that corn is wind-pollinated, and that there is no feasible way to prevent cross contamination of other farmer’s crops. How will cross-contamination be prevented by growers of MON 87460 so that non-genetically engineered foods will be certain not to be contaminated by genetically engineered genes from this new GE corn?
I have a right to not eat specific foods, yet the release of this crop into unregulated areas could easily contaminate the food I choose, and pay significantly more, to eat. I have found no research to prove that GE foods are safe to eat, and like many people, I choose to avoid them.
I am concerned this deregulation could also harm our country, and farmers, economically. Many people do not want to ingest any GE foods, and if it is discovered that all corn has become contaminated with these genes, we will immediately stop buying all corn-containing products, as well as meat and eggs from animals fed corn. I recognize that this includes by-products such as most citric acid, dextrose and glucose, maltodextrin, maltitol, sorbitol and other sugar substitutes, food starches, etc.
This could significantly harm the processed food industry, which depends heavily on these corn-based additives for their low cost and usefulness. This could also harm hospitals financially, which often use glucose in IV nutrient supplementation. I believe GE corn is already harming the meat industry, and the addition of another contaminant will further frighten consumers away from meat and eggs. I have already stopped buying meat that is fed corn or soy, and know many others who are feeling increasingly concerned about GE foods and grain-fed meat.
There is a tremendous apprehension building in America about genetically engineered foods. Please do not allow any possible contamination of our food, and please work to prevent what could be an economic catastrophe for our farmers and ranchers.