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Wal-Mart OK with selling genetically modified sweet corn
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune, August 3, 2012
Posted: August 14th, 2012

Rejecting entreaties from consumers and activists, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it has no objection to selling a new crop of genetically modified sweet corn created by biotech giant Monsanto. Environmental and health activists expressed surprise and disappointment at Wal-Marts decision. Earlier this year, Whole Foods, Trader Joes and General Mills said they would not carry or use the genetically modified sweet corn. A lot of people who were their customers explicitly said we dont want you to carry this product, and I think its unfortunate that they chose not listen to that feedback, said Patty Lovera, assistant director of the consumer group Food and Water Watch. In March, the group presented Wal-Mart with a petition signed by 463,000 people asking it to boycott the product, she said. Monsantos genetically modified sweet corn is resistant to a common herbicide, which allows farmers to kill weeds without killing the corn. It also contains a toxin that fends off certain pests. Critics say they would like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require some pre-market safety testing and labeling of genetically modified foods, saying the lack of study makes it impossible to know whether they pose health risks. There has been a doubling of food allergies in this country since 1996, said Michael Hansen, a senior scientist at Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports. Is it connected to genetically engineered foods? Who knows when you have no labeling? That is the problem.

Note: Strangely, this article was taken down from the Tribune website shortly after its original posting. To read the complete article, click here. For deeply revealing reports from reliable major media sources on the dangers of genetically modified foods, click here.

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