The battle over labeling genetically modified foods (GMOs) wages on. In Connecticut, HB Bill 5117 would require the labeling of products containing GMOs and in California proposition 37 is slated for a November vote with the hopes of doing the same.
To add more dissent to the GMO controversy, Walmart recently signed a deal with Monsanto to begin carrying a new corn variety, according to Business Insider. The corn is genetically modified to withstand excessive amounts of pesticides and herbicides. Specifically, those pesticides and herbicides manufactured by Monsanto itself.
The Monsanto Company is an agricultural biotechnology corporation that has cornered the market on producing genetically engineered (GE) seed. It also is the world’s leading producer of the herbicide glyphosate, otherwise known as “Roundup,” according to the company’s website.
The Monsanto sweet corn that Walmart will be carrying also contains Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxins. 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.