Monsanto’s genetically modified sweet corn sparks debate

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Protesters of genetically modified food were outraged in early August when Wal-Mart Stores Inc. confirmed that the company plans to sell Monsanto’s genetically modified sweet corn as soon as the crop rolls in.

The corn, which produces the protein BT, helps repel pests and reduces the amount of insecticide that farmers have to use. Naturally produced by a soil bacterium, BT is often used by organic farmers to control pests. Protesters are worried, however, that having the protein within the corn will pose health and environmental risks. In other altered crops, such as Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn, genetically modified genes have been found in neighboring varieties- pointing to the fact that the genetically modified crop is pollinating nearby varieties. This can lead to a bevy of issues for farmers that have chosen not to use genetically modified corn.

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