Understand the potential of GMO produce - The Packer

Understand the potential of GMO produce

10/14/2011 09:00:00 AM
Amelia Freidline

That’s largely because nearly 90% of field corn, soybeans and sugar beets grown in the U.S. come from GMO seeds.

In the produce aisle, GMOs have not been prevalent, but this is likely to change. 

Recently, Monsanto announced field trials on GMO sweet corn varieties. 

I believe that this entry into fresh produce will push the debate to the forefront.

Are you prepared?

The debate will be complex. After the spinach crisis of 2006, we all agreed that we needed to do better, and, in general, we did not have forces pushing against us. 

But with GMOs, it is likely we will debate a great deal on whether we should even be messing with this area.

The debate will challenge conventional wisdom. Some consumers have the impression that “local” is organic, safer and more wholesome than food from a “corporate farm.”

Yet, most GMO sweet corn sold in this country today is produced and sold by roadside farms or at farmers markets. 

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Sara Walsh    
Seattle  |  October, 18, 2011 at 11:53 AM

we all need to get informed.. Do you want GMO products to be labled? then you will be informed and able to make a choice on what you do or do not purchase. http://justlabelit.org/

Valentine Dyall    
London  |  October, 20, 2011 at 05:17 AM

Of course sensible and knowledgable people agree. What is particularly interesting is why the scare-mongers (of which we have more than our fair share in Europe) are so intent on being anti. Can it be the commercial advanatges that the orgabic lobby perceive? Or the political grand-standing of the so-called "environmental" groups?

John Lafer    
Peshastin Wa.  |  December, 13, 2011 at 01:37 PM

Investigate the GMO issue in terms of reduced world food supplies. Then look up the work of population control groups and realize that the food safety issues have moved into the realm of anti-corporate political activism. and subtle genocide.

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