Clearing Up the Confusion About Genetically Modified Corn

By Barry Estabrook, "Sweet Summer Corn," July/August 2012

Learn more about the debate on genetically modified corn versus organic corn, and find out how to buy the best corn.

"Besides the big C cancer and all that follows I read about to stay away from GM CORN because it bad for the belly bulge ! Apparently the 5 foods that are bad for you are: Orange juice, margarine, soy, GM corn, whole wheat bread - now you...

Sorry, i am still confused! Monsonto is adding a new genetically modified sweeter corn and that's good? Hello! No genetically modified food is good for you, not even a new breed of sweeter corn. Monsonto is trying to mislead people into thinking it is good. It was never tested. Our corn needs to be labelled "non GMO." And only 4% of our corn is GMO? I like to know where you got those figures.


08/18/2012 - 2:15pm

The article says that field corn, which is 99% of what is grown in the US and is used in many processed foods, is primarily from GMO seeds. You can avoid consuming them by eating fresh, local, in-season corn and no processed foods. Since only 3-4% of sweet corn (not field corn!) is GMO, if you're eating corn from a local grower, chances are you're eating non-GMO corn - but it's fine to ask your farmer if you want to be sure. They know what they're growing and are happy to share with you!


02/16/2013 - 9:19pm

The idea that GMO is really bad for you is somewhat flawed. GM Corn is basically designed to kill insects such as rootworm, which damages corn. The corn is modified with BT, which is a naturally occurring protein found in other living organisms. Rootworm cannot digest BT and therefore, is killed, if it is consumed. They are just taking the naturally occurring BT protein from other organisms and inserting it into the corn plant. They are not putting any chemicals into the corn plant. It just acts as an "insecticide" because the rootworm dies when it eats that specific protein. So really the corn is not loaded with chemicals and things that are going to hurt you, it's just different proteins from different plants. As far as farmers using more chemicals because corn is now round-up ready, it's just not true and doesn't logically make sense. The fact that corn is round up ready allows farmers to use fewer chemicals, because round up will kill everything except for the corn. Therefore, no other chemicals need to be applied, only round up. I don't know about you, but I would prefer that food be sprayed with round up which any average individual can buy at just about any store, rather than much harsher chemicals. More importantly, a farmer isn't going to go out of his/her way to apply more chemicals to a field, that's extremely expensive!!


07/10/2013 - 7:21pm

according to the non-gmo project, it's more like 40% of sweet corn grown in U S is gmo, including frozen and canned. if it's so safe why don't they want to label it????


07/14/2013 - 8:13pm

If it is cause tumor and kidney damage to the rats then it will do the same to us! That's all I have to say... :)


07/28/2013 - 10:59am

If it causes cancer in rats it'll cause cancer in humans?

Something to consider. Rats have a VERY high rate of cancer. You can cause cancer in rats with very little. That's why they use rats to study cancer, because it's really easy to cause cancer in them to study. Tumor rates are around 50% for rats who have nothing added that is thought to cause cancer. Humans? About 13% of the population will die from cancer, about 41% will get cancer in their life. Now let's take into consideration that these are humans who eat things not good for them, smoke, drink, and have a heck of a longer life than a 3-5 year rat. Basically... you feed a rat a healthy diet and half of them are going to get cancer and die (57% by some studies.) You feed a human a healthy diet and cut out those things and the risks for getting cancer are at least half of that.

Basically, if you think that if it will cause cancer in rats it will cause cancer in us then you're falling for hyped up media and not research. Humans are not rats. Well.... most aren't. I can't speak for the politicians.


09/29/2013 - 12:19am

Gmo's are definitely bad, and so is this article that didn't clear up anything on corn, Also this article is outdated and now corn on the cob is GMO, one more reason to buy organic. What I want to know is what about white corn? Is it GMO?


10/26/2013 - 6:27pm

Yeah u cleared that right up alright.


01/13/2014 - 12:21pm

Nothing at all wrong with GMO products. The corn kernel itself is identical to those from conventional breeding. The French study referred to in the article has been refuted. The journal that published it has stated that it was faulty science. The non GMO crowd needs to take a few science courses so they can understand the meaning of replicated trials and the term "peer reviewed" Its sorry to see people believe everything that comes across their Facebook page.


08/03/2014 - 11:24pm

So GMO seeds are not infused genetically with pesticides so, that the insects that try to eat the crop die instantly??


07/22/2015 - 7:01pm

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