There isn’t a day that goes by without some anti-gmo nonsense hitting my mailbox. Here’s the latest. This one is by Wendy Vincent, a writer for the Guilford Patch website: Walmart and Monsanto: Joining Forces: The retail giant, Walmart, will soon start stocking their shelves with un-labeled, pesticide-laced GMO corn made by Monsanto.
Huh? What? Monsanto has gone into the corn-growing business? No, they haven’t. Does Vincent not understand this or is she being disingenuous and going for the old reliable Everybody Panic!
It’s like saying, Joe Blow Markets has joined forces with Burpee to sell eggplants made by Burpee. What Vincent means to say is that Walmart will be selling sweet corn grown by farmers from seeds they bought from Monsanto.
Vincent doesn’t miss the chance to include the scary phrase, pesticide-laced. What is the pesticide? Bt, Bacillus thuringiensis. Bt is a natural pesticide that is widely used in… organic farming.
But wait, Vincent isn’t done with her nonsense, “These toxins are lethal to certain insects. Bt is registered with the EPA as a pesticide. As such, it technically makes the corn itself a pesticide.” I guess by her logic that makes the soil a pesticide since that’s where Bt comes from. Bt is a naturally occurring protein, yes protein, and it is present in many non-gmo and organic foods we eat. It is very weak and breaks down in highly acidic environments like the human digestive system.
It only affects insects and no reputable study has ever found any potential harm to humans and animals.
Of course, as is the case with these articles it is now on dozens of anti-gmo sites and blogs. It’s one of the major flaws these activists have. You rarely see any original reporting or even the questioning of any claim. It’s all regurgitation. It’s like a digital form of Telephone. One site picks up on it and adds to it and then the next and before you know it, Monsanto is using technology invented by Nazi scientists in a secret base in Antarctica. (of course, I exaggerate)
The anti-gmo crowd insist that we have the right to know what is in our food. Hell, even when they do know they don’t know.