Agricultural biotech giant Monsanto unveiled its latest strain of genetically modified corn. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is considering approving a new corn hybrid genetically engineered to thrive on less water—the first time such a corn strain would be available.
“Working on something like drought is more complex than introducing a trait like insect resistance,” says plant breeder Bob Reiter, vice president of biotechnology at Monsanto, the company seeking approval for the new strain. “We have screened through thousands of genes in the past several years, more than in the entire history for the herbicide-resistant or insect protection.” Monsanto scientists, working with German chemical giant BASF Corp., settled on a gene called “cold shock protein B” that is native to the microbe known as Bacillus subtilis, a soil bacteria whose special skill is to shut down, for years if need be, when environmental conditions such as drought would otherwise kill it.
“We are excited to introduce our newest variety of corn, which is capable of producing up to 1,000 patent infringement cases per growing season,” said Monsanto spokesman Richard Gringell, explaining that this proprietary strain of the large cereal grain had been carefully engineered to withstand even the harshest countersuits.
According to USDA estimates, the new corn strain will result in a 200 to 600 percent rise in the use of the herbicide by 2050. Now, 46 million pounds are used in the United States annually, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
“With this approval comes millions of more pounds of toxic herbicides dumped onto our land; it’s an unacceptable outcome,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety, in a statement.
But this will only increase the use of glyphosate. It is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, which European researchers recently determined to be a “probable human carcinogen.” Massive use of glyphosate in industrial agriculture has in turn led to the appearance of herbicide-resistant “superweeds,” triggering an “arms race” as seed companies work to develop new GMOs that can tolerate even more toxic herbicides.
Monsanto however denied that their new strain of ‘handed corn’ could in any way pose a threat to consumers or the environment.
But as we know, genetically-modified corn contains practically no nutrients but is loaded with chemical poisons. The amount of formaldehyde and glyphosate in GMO corn is shocking. American EPA standards allow glyphosate in water of up to .7ppm. European tests indicate that animals begin experiencing liver damage at .0001 ppm of glyphosate in water. Putting these two statistics together, America’s water levels contain glyphosate that is 7,000 times greater than the amount required for animal liver damage!
GMO corn: nutritionally dead
• Real corn has 7 times more manganese!
• Organic corn has 6130 ppm of calcium. GMO is stripped down to 14 ppm.
• Real corn has 437 times more calcium!
• Organic corn has 113 ppm of magnesium. GMO corn is vacant, with only 2 ppm.
• Real corn has 56 times more magnesium!