An article by Belinda Martineau, a former genetic engineer who helped to develop the first FDA approved GMO food (a tomato in 1994). She holds patents in the field and provides good historical insight into some of the facts about that approval. A few years after Calgene introduced the product, Monsanto bought Calgene. The tomato was withdrawn from the market.
“Genetically Engineered Foods in the U.S. that have been Labeled: A Very Short List,” by Belinda Martineau, Biotech Salon; October 29, 2011
The genetically engineered (GE) sweet corn varieties that Monsanto hopes to sell to American farmers this fall apparently will not be the first GE sweet corn to show up in the produce sections of U.S. grocery stores. According to Monsanto’s web site, pesticide-containing GE sweet corn has been on the market since 1998. A GE crook neck squash containing a viral protein was commercially available several years earlier than that and a friend in the biotech business tells me it has been continuously marketed in this country ever since. Additionally, estimates indicate that ingredients from various GE crops including corn, soybean, and cotton are present in 75-80% of the foods found on grocery store shelves in the United States.
As we Americans choose foods to purchase and feed to our families, however, there is no way for us to know which ones contain pesticidal proteins, or the “coat” protein…
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