If you love fresh corn, picked today, then you want to know about Corn and Bt toxins. I love fresh corn, and the closer it is picked to the time I am going to eat it the better. But here is the problem. I need to raise my own corn or purchase from a certified organic farmer. I do not want anything to do with Monsanto’s genetically engineered corn with its Bt-toxin.
Bt corn is a genetically modified organism (GMO) that has been bioengineered to resist the corn root-worm, a crop pest. This corn takes advantage of a toxin produced by the Bacillus thuringiensis bacterium. This toxin, known as Bt, ruptures the intestines of the corn root-worm and related organisms when it is ingested. The holes in the intestines cause the root-worm todie within two or three days. Read that again, Bt-toxin is a pesticide; it breaks open the stomach of certain insects and kills them. I’m not big on ingesting pesticides. Keep in mind that this pesticide is part of the corns DNA, so when you eat GMO corn you are eating a pesticide that is known to break open the stomach of insects that have eaten it.
Not ready to give up your GMO corn yet, would it surprise you to know that this seed is what is know as Roundup Ready corn. By introducing a gene into the plant cells, scientists have been able to produce plants that can survive the herbicide glyphosate, (aka roundup weed killer)enabling farmers to apply glyphosate as a weed-killer on their crop. What worries me here is that roundup is applied on the crop, which means that there is the possibility that the person eating the corn could be ingesting the herbicide with the corn.
There is just to much going on with GMO products for me to want to serve them to anyone I know. If you are interested in finding out more on this subject, please join us at to 2013 Food Revolution Summit. It is FREE between April 27 and May 5th 2013. To register for the free interviews go tohttp://www.foodrevolution.org/summit?orid=66897&opid=18
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