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US approves corn modified for ethanol

By T.K. Randall
February 15, 2011 · Comment icon 18 comments

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Genetically modified corn used for converting to ethanol causes concern among farmers
In an effort to increase the amount of ethanol used in place of natural gas and other fuels the US Department of Agriculture has approved the growing of genetically modified corn, many US corn mills however oppose the idea citing potential problems if the genetically modified corn mixes with regular corn used for human consumption.
The decision, announced Friday, came in the face of objections from corn millers and others in the food industry, who warned that if the industrial corn cross-pollinated with or were mixed with corn used for food, it could lead to crumbly corn chips, soggy cereal, loaves of bread with soupy centers and corn dogs with inadequate coatings.


Source: New York Times | Comments (18)




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Comment icon #9 Posted by marcos anthony toledo 13 years ago
I made the mistake of leaving the word not between that and eatable sorry for that.
Comment icon #10 Posted by pegacorna 13 years ago
Monsanto all over again! Dangerous plants make it into our food as it is. Genetically modified corn is prevalent. However, if we make this happen, it will fertile food crops leading us to having this ethanol crossed food (and most of this goes to our meat animals too). Great, like the fact that Monsanto proved that genetically engineered plants can get in and fertilize and even outgrow other (food) species should be ignored? Eek! We don't know what kinds of genetic combination this will make.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Chickenforce 13 years ago
Forget the corn, use hemp instead. Too bad it's illegal in the US due to corporate greed and corruption.
Comment icon #12 Posted by magickaldan 13 years ago
Monsanto all over again! Dangerous plants make it into our food as it is. Genetically modified corn is prevalent. However, if we make this happen, it will fertile food crops leading us to having this ethanol crossed food (and most of this goes to our meat animals too). Great, like the fact that Monsanto proved that genetically engineered plants can get in and fertilize and even outgrow other (food) species should be ignored? Eek! We don't know what kinds of genetic combination this will make. This corn does not contain ethanol. It produces an enzyme which is normally added to the corn to conve... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by LOOKIN-UP-2 13 years ago
Hey! Have faith in our Government! LMAO!!!
Comment icon #14 Posted by theGhost_and_theDarkness 13 years ago
This is bad!!! It's Monsanto's roundup enzyme crops all over again. Everyone will think it's safe because it's only for Ethonol until it spreads and infects a crop and you cant tell the difference then it wipes out all natural forms of corn and we get stuck with this frankenstein corn that passes on frankenstein effects to everything. Have we not learnt? Anyone attempting to justify this needs to first seriously look in to the history of a company called Monsanto. That wouldn't happen. The second the corn made it into another farmers field, Monsanto would be all over them for patent infringeme... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by The Silver Thong 13 years ago
I'm impressed so many know about Monsanto and what they truly are.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Paracelse 13 years ago
I'm impressed so many know about Monsanto and what they truly are. Unfortunatly that "many" is still not enough.
Comment icon #17 Posted by 3.0 13 years ago
Mother Nature has designed plants to reproduce. There is no way to prevent this new corn from hybrdizing with our corn. Eventually the wind will carry the pollen around, and that's that. Not even the Jolly Green Giant will be able to stop it!
Comment icon #18 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 13 years ago
Hey! Have faith in our Government! LMAO!!! Haha, I think I have a better chance to jump off a cliff and be catched by an angel.


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