Write to the major grocery chains that serve your area – visit their website to send an email or write your letter.
Please send your responses or information you get from your farmer and grocery store to CBAN firstname.lastname@example.org
Monsanto’s new GM sweet corn is both insect resistant (its toxic to certain insects!) and herbicide tolerant (its used with the herbicide Roundup!). GM corn has been one of the four major GM crops grown in the world – along with canola, soy and cotton – but, until now, this was mostly hard corn used for processed food ingredients and animal feed. Different corn varieties have different qualities and are grown for different reasons. There are no GM popcorn varieties on the market, for example. GM sweet corn will be the first GM insect resistant (Bt) crop in the world that could be widely consumed as a whole, unprocessed food.
Monsanto’s GM sweet corn is engineered to be toxic to particular insects. The GM technology transforms the corn plant into a pesticide. In fact, the toxin, from the soil bacteria Bacillus theringenisis or Bt, is expressed in every cell of the plant including the corn kernels. If certain insects, including the European corn borers, corn earworms, fall army worms and corn rootworm larvae, try to eat the corn, they will die. The Bt toxin attaches to receptors in the gut of some insects, rupturing the gut and killing the insect. More info: http://www.cban.ca/corn
For a list of GM foods on the market see http://www.cban.ca/gmfoods