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There's something about corn. . . 
Mar. 17, 2014 1:47 pm 
Updated: Mar. 20, 2014 12:23 pm
I'm an Indiana girl. Even if I move from here one day, I'll always be an Indiana girl. A couple of counties north of where I live there is a man-made lake. On one section of it's shores there is an amusement park called Indiana Beach. We are "beach challenged" in the Midwest. The advertisement for Indiana Beach says "There's more than corn in Indiana". Funny, right?
One thing I always enjoyed was Indiana sweet corn. I miss it.

Unbeknownst to the majority of consumers, in the summer of 2012 large quantities of GMO sweet corn appeared on grocery store shelves and roadside produce stands. In 2011, Monsanto announced plans to grow genetically modified sweet corn on 250,000 acres, roughly accounting for 40 percent of the sweet corn market. The sweet corn is being used for frozen and canned corn products, and is also available fresh across the country.

Here are key facts you need to know:

GMO sweet corn is genetically engineered to be herbicide resistant (Roundup Ready) and to produce its own insecticide (Bt Toxin). Like all GMOs, genetically modified sweet corn has not been thoroughly tested to ensure that it is safe for consumption.

While GMO sweet corn has been produced in the past by Syngenta, this is the first attempt by a biotech company to corner the sweet corn market.

GMO sweet corn can be found in the produce aisle of your local food store and at farmers’ markets and farmstands. It can also be found in processed foods that contain sweet corn.<

If you choose to pick up some sweet corn seed at your local nursery, it is probably NOT GMO. Hybrid corn is not GMO. Hybrid corn is species to species, to introduce preferred traits. GMO's are species to DIFFERENT species. Not naturally occurring.
I've been researching GMO crops. Intensely.
The worst part isn't the heavy use of glyphosate (Round Up) although, that is bad enough. The worst parts are that a company . . .ANY  company could patent LIFE  (seed).  And once it's done (the organism has been modified) it can't be undone. Pollen drift is real and happening.

On the one hand, a company will say 'It's perfectly safe. It is just as healthy as an unmodified plant'. (The term is in fact, substantially equivalent.)  BUT, it's a different story when they want to obtain the patent. THEN, it's different and it's theirs ALONE.  (Does anyone else see a problem with this thinking?)

Not a single crop has been developed for increased yield, drought tolerance, salt resistance or increased nutrition. In fact, they haven't increased yield, haven't decreased the use of pesticides or herbicides, haven't solved any of the hunger problems so, to defend genetic engineering, is to defend a multi-national corporation controlling a primary food source and the chemicals that will be used on that produce.

"Controlling the seeds is not some abstraction. Whoever provides the world's seeds, controls the worlds food supply."  Barlett and Steele, Vanity Fair

Though glyphosate is called an herbicide, it doesn't actually kill the weed. It reduces the plants natural ability to fight pathogens (makes it sick) so that the weed is overtaken by natural predatory soil borne pathogens. It does not distinguish between beneficial micro flora and predatory pathogens.  In sterile soil it doesn't kill. It will stun because it is a growth regulator.  Smart weeds are mutating, bolstering their defense against glyphosate and becoming super weeds. My neighbor, with a Ph.D. in Agriculture says these super weeds are the REAL threat. And the next generation herbicide (a derivative of Agent Orange) even more frightening.

Glyphosate strips our soil of necessary minerals and micro flora and thus, makes our foods less nutritious.

In 2007, the FDA stopped reporting how much glyphosate was used. It's use was increasing so rapidly that it was embarrassing (to quote Dr. Don Huber).

Plant and animal diseases have continued to increase. . . .an interview with Dr. Don Huber by Dr. Mercola.

Dr. Huber's most recent research has found a new organism that renders farm animals infertile. He has managed to help farmers regain their animals fertility through a change in feed. His research is still pending official approval.<

Which brings me to US.

These are some of the things in the plant and animal  systems that are coming to light from the use of GMO crops and their adjunct products.

There have been NO significant studies about the consequences for human consumption.

I have my doubts that because we are HUMAN we will avoid consequences.

In fact, food allergies, food sensitivities, auto immune diseases and cancers, and gastro intestinal diseases are on the rise, significantly, since the introduction of GMO foods. But the reason for this increase remains UNKNOWN.

You CAN take steps to reduce these consequences in your life. Buy organic if and when you can. Especially the "dirty dozen".  (Apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, hot peppers, nectarines (imported), peaches, potatoes, spinach, strawberries, sweet peppers, kale and collards and zucchini). Find a local Community Supported Ag and join!

I avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup, in anything. I buy organic masa to make tortillas and never purchase chips. I avoid all products containing corn and soy. Yes, it is limiting. But it is not impossible. And I still enjoy my food. We still have organic pop corn, just like real people.

I personally gave up meat, for a whole host of reasons. But there is still meat from local farmers who feed non GMO feed and don't use antibiotics indiscriminately.

Start a little garden. Grow your own zucchini, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, spinach, kale and peppers. It's great fun, very rewarding and DELICIOUS!!

If you'd like to look into this issue further, I've included some links. . .one note on this video. I think everyone should watch it. It's only 20 mins. And it's not about GMO's. But in the course of the tale, one of the "costs" of goods is pollution. Human breast milk contains a multitude of contaminates. It is also available in print and annotated.<

Caen study retracted . . .<<< . .genetic chile. . .<
Mar. 17, 2014 2:23 pm
Well written, LS. This subject is huge - there is so much to consider. I, for one, cannot believe there is not a correlation between the increasing food allergies and our food and environment. I am afraid that the "Cat is out of the bag" - cross pollination between GMO crops and Non GMO crops cannot be reversed. The best thing we can do is speak with our spending power. That said, the woman ahead of me in line at the grocery store had three 12 packages of Coke, 2 cases of Monster drinks, assorted chips and she was paying with...... her EBT card! Yep, food stamps! So, we as taxpayers subsidize corn production, sodas, chips etc are dirt cheap and then WE pay for them again with food stamps. Something is wrong with this picture! Meanwhile, more and more people are sick, kids are sick. Gee, I wonder why?
Mar. 17, 2014 2:34 pm
BN, the socio economics is another piece of the sad story. A Place At The Table, is the most recent film about hunger (and malnutrition) in America. It's a documentary by Jeff Bridges. He did a film called Hidden in America in 1996 to raise awareness about the issue. Sadly, 18 yrs later the situation is even worse.
Mar. 17, 2014 6:52 pm
And that my friends is why government is too big!!
Mar. 17, 2014 8:14 pm
mommaDar, while the Government certainly bears a portion of the burden for this particular issue, the bottom line is, it's BAD SCIENCE (insufficient testing) and BIG CORP (profits) at the root of the problem. The Gov/Ag/Corp issues are multitude and go back 100+ years.
Mar. 17, 2014 8:24 pm
Mrs. J, I hope you'll take the time to watch the interview Dr. Mercola did with Dr. Huber. Dr. Huber said "What we have with glyphosate is the most abused chemical . . .in the history of man. When you look at the millions of pounds that are applied, at the broad spectrum effects it has on our ecology that we are dependent on for subsistence, and then we don't pay any attention to the fact that there's a purpose and there's an abuse. And we are on a rampant abuse...we've gone with the GM product that has permitted us to use more and more of the compound abuse has accelerated with the limited knowledge that we have. When future historians write about our times they aren't going to write about the tons of chemical that we did or didn't apply. When it comes to glyphosate they're going to write about our willingness to sacrifice our children and to jeopardize our existence by threatening the very basis of our existence in the sustainability of our Agriculture." Profound declaration there.
Mar. 18, 2014 12:30 am
Thank you for sharing your research and well written conclusions. I am very involved with a food pantry/soup kitchen and we have started a program to educate some of our clients how to get the best nutrition from their EBT purchases. We are fortunate that our Farmers Market only accepts local, organic producers and they accept EBT payments. But that only covers half the year. It is also very hard for some, for whom English is a second language, to read and understand nutrition labels. In my opinion we must not only vote with our dollars but continue to press for mandated labels indicating GMO ingredients.
Mar. 18, 2014 7:18 am
VERY scary stuff! I feel sorry for the kids jut being born - what does this say for their future? As usual, big money has the advantage and our laziness & budgets make us fall for it.
Mar. 18, 2014 7:41 am
Thank you Mrs.J, the youtube link in my blog is the complete interview, however, I like your link better! Dr. Mercola did Dr. Huber and his credentials right! :)
Mar. 18, 2014 7:45 am
BSM, I know you're very active helping others in your community. It makes me very proud to know you! You are right! We need to vote with our dollars and advocate for labeling so we stand a chance of KNOWING.
Mar. 18, 2014 7:50 am
scootersandi, it's a crime that the onus is on us. I don't believe for one second that we are a lazy nation. I think perhaps we have too much trust in entities to be looking out for our best interests when, in fact they aren't. It IS very scary. I liked that Dr. Huber said after the above quote and a LONG silence. . . "This doesn't mean we can't CHANGE it." . . .Never give up hope!
Mar. 18, 2014 6:37 pm
Thanks you, LS, for an articulate and in-depth article that reveals the dark truth about GMO's. You've compiled some fantastic articles and I'm looking forward to examining each and every one. Unfortunately, some of the products that we use the most are made from GMO's. You mentioned corn and that happens to be one of the biggest offenders and not far behind are soybeans, rapeseed (canola oil)and sugar beets which is used to produce sugar products as additives in our foods. Scientists are altering our food supplies with no regard for the consequences to humans and animals. Anyone with children should do a little research into LadySparkles links and realize that their fate is in our hands, right now. Avoid GMO's, eat organic when possible, sign petitions, keep educating yourself and hopefully we CAN make a change.
Mar. 18, 2014 7:11 pm
I want to say that my comment is in no way intended to offend our farmers and their families on AR or anywhere. I'm hoping to see legislation that will protect the integrity of the family farm and lifestyle but unfortunately big business is working to control our farms and food. Like Mrs. J said, "You vote with your money", so make wise choices.
Mar. 19, 2014 5:24 am
Major applause for you Lady Sparkle! I overheard a farmer saying he had to use more and more herbicide each year when planting Monsanto's seed. Using more to get less is insane. Support your local small organic farmer, read your labels, grow it when you can and try to fix the bulk of your food yourself that way you can chose the ingredients going in what you eat. Excellent blog!
Mar. 19, 2014 7:06 am
Lace, yes! I gathered so much information and in my attempt to keep it all cohesive couldn't possibly include everything (my brain feels crowded). Sugar, if possible purchase pure cane sugar. The packages in the store that just say SUGAR are beet sugar from GMO beets. Another culprit is cottonseed oil. The cotton plants were one of the first GMO victims. We wouldn't think about it because we think cotton isn't something we EAT. But, cottonseed oil is commonly used in prepackaged foods, specifically chips. I also stumbled across a forum where farmers communicate with each other about their various experiences. I feel BAD for them! They were sold a bill of goods which became apparent reading their comments to each other.
Mar. 19, 2014 7:15 am
Cat! Thanks for stopping in and your approval makes me blush. The farmer isn't the bad guy. One thing I'd like to try to make more clear. Our bodies are full of micro flora AND pathogens. When we're healthy there's a balance. When our health is compromised the balance tips. Think about when you take antibiotics, how that sometimes messes with your stomach, your intestines, etc. The antibiotic went in and started killing off pathogens AND the micro flora that you need to stay healthy. We try to regain the balance by eating yogurt or taking probiotic supplements. This is a corollary scenario to what glyphosate is doing in the soil. Is it doing the same thing in our bodies? Nobody seems to be able to answer that question.
Mar. 19, 2014 9:52 am
Well done, LadySparkle. I am saddened to read about the sweet corn for the table. This is a new development, and a serious one, since there are no labels on fresh produce, as on the canned and frozen foods, so the consumer has no way of really knowing anything about fresh food products. We both advocate for doing research and finding information, and I fear that is going to become more and more difficult, as more commercial food producers find ways to shield information from the public. Baking Nana is correct, we must vote with our dollars, but even more, we need to find a way to break the connection between Corporate America (in general, not just with "Big Food") and government.
Mar. 19, 2014 9:58 am
Bibi, thank you for stopping in. You might be interested in this. . . . S.J.Res.18 AND H.J.Res.21 are two bills on the floor of the House and the Senate to revoke Corporate personhood. They are not strongly supported. I urge everyone to contact their representatives to let them know how YOU feel about this issue.
Mar. 19, 2014 11:45 am
Mar. 19, 2014 5:17 pm
Lady Sparkle, you made me think of all kinds of questions today with the herbicides that are widely used now. I look at my 21 year old and think. maybe all that effort I put into his meals and schooling were so worth the effort!
Mar. 19, 2014 5:52 pm
Great job on the blog and a lot of investigative reporting.
Mar. 19, 2014 6:48 pm
Hey there LS, I haven't been around for a long time but thanks to CatHill, she provided me with a link to this blog. EXCELLENT!!! You are sure to have opened some eyes, but unfortunately, I'm sure that you have also given the naysayers ammunition to support their cause. Be that as it may, I know you have provided a service to those that are open minded enough to do their own research and see that with a little education, they will come to the same conclusions that GMO's are really the dirty little secret that is destroying the planet and our health.
Mar. 20, 2014 12:04 am
Cat, keep asking questions! Sometimes the answers are unavailable but that makes the questions more valid. Don't ever doubt the effort you've spent. Always worth it!
Mar. 20, 2014 12:05 am
Louise!! (MB) I'll be calling you soon! Love ya! Thelma :)
Mar. 20, 2014 12:06 am
Avon!! As I live and breathe, long time no see! Just trying to do my part. Hope you are well!
Mar. 20, 2014 3:51 am
Well written article! I have been trying to do organic gardening on a very limited basis all my life. The future of our planet depends on sustainable agriculture, not the man made latest and greatest quick fix solutions that are destroying our lives!
Deb C 
Mar. 20, 2014 4:21 am
Great blog LadySparkle! Personally, I’ve always thought the skyrocketing rise of autism is associated with GMO’s and you’d need scientific proof to dissuade me. Under U.S. law, genetically engineered crops are patentable inventions and they have control over who can study it and how. Corporate money owns our government so I don’t expect any changes too soon. The sooner we get money out of politics, the better. In addition, GMO growers are not specifically required to mitigate the risk of contamination to organic and Non-GMO farmers. The USDA must recognize the harm that is already being done to organic and non-GMO farmers and make the biotech companies accountable.
Mar. 20, 2014 5:02 am
You know, LS, of late old adages keep running thru my mind for some reason. "You are what you eat" seems to sum it up quite well. After reading this yesterday, I wondered about tofu. I can't have soy products so I don't buy it nor have I looked at the pkgs. I wondered if a non gmo tofu product was available. Also, soy creeps into many foods where you wouldn't expect to find it. Again great blog!
Mar. 20, 2014 8:18 am
sueb, thank you for stopping in! Any time you can grow your own food you are doing your body a favor! I love your recipes and tweaks!!
Mar. 20, 2014 8:33 am
DebC, you could be absolutely right about the autism. It is my fervent hope that someone, somewhere is currently doing (illegal) testing. Please see the link I referred to Bibi about corporate personhood and inform your representatives with your voice. I've investigated many, many alternative approaches to money/government. The Zeitgeist films explain the problem well. The movement is less solution based than the Thrive movement but the information is accurate. Yes, I know that the burden of "blocking" pollen drift is on the organic farmer who is ALREADY besieged with legion requirements to remain organic. What if we asked for as many requirements of those allegedly "normal" goods? Seems right and fair to me.
Mar. 20, 2014 8:38 am
Cat, I've become a regular customer of Vitacost where you can find organic tofu at a reasonable price. I have found it in the health food store but it's very expensive. We have a small ethnic market on campus with more different kinds of beans than I knew existed! I like most all beans. There is one that I'm not overly fond of, called mung dal on the package. It looks just like yellow split peas, which I love, but just doesn't taste the same. I've tried them twice and think I'll give the rest to my Laotian or Chinese neighbors who may actually enjoy them.
Mar. 20, 2014 11:39 am
Don't know how I missed this, bang on frightening and enlightening LS, well done!!!!
Mar. 20, 2014 12:23 pm
Thank you Raedwulf! As usual, I immerse myself in anything I research. Then, trying be engaging, cohesive and informative becomes quite the challenge. This is only ONE aspect of the GMO experiment, for which WE are the human equivalent of lab rats. As frightening as this piece seems, what I've been able to dig up about the bt GMO's scares me even more. Bt is a safe, organic pesticide, in and of itself. It becomes something different when it's introduced into a plant causing the plant to produce it's own bt. I have only a rudimentary grasp of this technology and the workings of DNA. But I've read extensively. I read DNA - The Secret of Life by James D. Watson (2003). This is a baby science, and even the experts don't know everything that can be known about it. I find it criminal that BEFORE the human genome was even officially mapped, corps were changing the DNA structure of our FOOD, with inadequate testing on how this would affect us. Giving us NO choice and NO information. I'm ready to walk away from my research for awhile and enjoy my garden. Not that I don't care, but I can barely stand to think about it anymore.
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