Toxic Corn Keeps Showing UpJapan has found a 14th corn shipment from the US that is contaminated with the banned Bt-10 GMO DNA. The shipment had already been screened for the toxic seeds before leaving the US. We can only imagine how much of the illegal corn is in the US food supply, since no one is looking for it.
When the giant Swiss agro-chemical company Syngenta announced that it had ‘mistakenly’ released its banned Bt-10 genetically engineered corn to farmers in the US, it should have caused a massive investigation and destruction of the contaminated seed stock. However, there was little or no reaction and the toxic corn seeds weren’t destroyed. Syngenta’s plot to ape Monsanto’s scheme of deliberate contamination in order to claim ownership of crops succeeded.
US patent law gives the patent holder of DNA ownership of an entire crop, plus damages, if just a portion of it is found to be contaminated with the patented DNA. Since corn pollen is carried far and wide, once the contamination has started it can’t be stopped. Eventually Syngenta may end up having ownerships rights over all corn everywhere, which is probably the intent. It didn’t want to be left out of the scheme that Monsanto started.
US farmers are now paying the price in Japan where the 14th shipment of US feed corn has been rejected by the Japanese government as contaminated with Bt-10. This makes nearly 40,000 tons of contaminated corn which has been rejected by Japan. The contaminated corn will likely be sold to some other country that doesn’t care about the contamination or the corn will be dumped on Africa as food aid.
The problem with Bt corn is that it is genetically engineered to produce a toxin in every cell of the plant. The toxin is deadly to some insects and can cause sterility and birth defects in animals. In humans it is known to causes allergic reactions and will likely cause other problems. Since there is no safety testing required the full extent of the danger isn’t known and the agro-chemical industry doesn’t want the dangers to be known.
The danger isn’t limited to just the toxin. The big problem with genetically engineered food is that the DNA isn’t stable and migrates through the food chain and into other bacteria and possibly to humans. Genetic integrity in all species is at serious risk from the genetic modification of plants and hundreds of scientists from around the world have called for a ban on the dangerous practice.