Fishy Corn

“Poppy”

UNLABELED GMO
(Genetically Modified Organism)

Name: Poppy
Nicknames: Corn Fish, Fishy Corn, The O.G. GMO, Starlink, Messy Maize
Colors: Bright Yellow & Astroturf Green
DNA Mix: Corn & Great White Shark
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Super Power: Can switch between sweet & popcorn

GMO Corn is not Natural


Natural Corn


Photo: Pratheepps

Corn, otherwise known as maize, is a large grain plant domesticated by indigenous peoples in Mesoamerica in prehistoric times. The leafy stalk produces ears which contain the grain, which are seeds called kernels. The Olmec and Mayans cultivated it in numerous varieties throughout Mesoamerica, cooked, ground or processed through nixtamalization. Beginning about 2500 BC, the crop spread through much of the Americas. The region developed a trade network based on surplus and varieties of corn crops. After European contact with the Americas in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, explorers and traders carried corn back to Europe and introduced it to other countries. Corn spread to the rest of the world because of its ability to grow in diverse climates. Sugar-rich varieties called sweet corn are usually grown for human consumption, while field corn varieties are used for animal feed and as chemical feedstocks.

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GMO Corn

Unless you’re buying certified organic corn, most likely what you find on the shelf at the supermarket in genetically altered corn. GMO corn was developed in a lab and not through traditional breeding. While the food label might say the food is “natural,” it is not. It doesn’t matter if it’s yellow corn or sweet corn, there are over two dozen types of GMO corn legally being grown in the US. Most processed foods contain corn, corn sugar, and High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). In small quantities this syrup is likely harmless to eat, but because the American diet is full of processed foods rich in HFCS, we have high rates of diabetes. Think your pancake syrup is made from a maple tree? In the US it’s most likely corn syrup with artificial flavors. All this processed corn is making Americans obese and is not healthy for kids.

In other words, you’re buying more than you bargained for. In a recent study rats were fed GMO corn for the course their lifetime and resulted in cancers rates alarmingly higher than rats fed a non-GMO corn diet. Due to subsidies provided by the US government, more than 80 million acres of corn are grown per year in the United States, making it the top agricultural crop produced. About 20% of this corn is for export and at least 90% of it is GMO.

There are two varieties of genetically modified (GM) corn: varieties resistant to glyphosate herbicides and those that have been altered to express the bacterial Bt toxin, which is poisonous to certain insect pests such as the European corn borer. Beginning in 1996, Monsanto’s glyphosate resistant corn has been lurking in America’s food supply.

Pending Deregulated

Pioneer DP-004114-3
Dow DAS-40278-9
Genective VCO-Ø1981-5
Monsanto 87427

AgrEvo MS6
AgrEvo CBH-351
AgrEvo T14
AgrEvo T25
Ciba Seeds 176
Cornell University 55-1
Cornell University 63-1
DeKalb DBT418
DeKalb B16
Dow 59122
Dow 6275
Monsanto 87460
Monsanto 89034
Monsanto LY038
Monsanto 88017
Monsanto 863
Monsanto GA21
Monsanto 802
Monsanto 809
Monsanto 810
Monsanto 80100
Mycogen c/o Dow & Pioneer 1507
Northrup King Bt11
Pioneer DP-32138-1
Pioneer 98140
Pioneer 676
Pioneer 678
Pioneer 680
Plant Genetic Systems MS3
Stine Seed HCEM485
Syngenta 5307
Syngenta MIR162
Syngenta 3272
Syngenta MIR604



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