My husband is always joking that I’m that person that the farmers at the market have crazy names for, because I am always asking questions to try to find the best quality foods for my family. I want to find out whether the farmers grow their fruits and veggies without the use of pesticides and chemicals and if the grass-fed animals are fed grains. Another issue is finding foods that are not genetically modified. What are genetically modified foods, and why does it matter?
What is genetically modified corn?
Genetically modified corn plants have strains of DNA changed to create new characteristics in the plant, such as being able to spray lots of poison on the corn without killing the plant, or creating corn that produces its own toxins that kill unwanted caterpillars.
The FDA claims that this corn is the same as corn that is not modified, but studies are proving otherwise. Recent studies have shown that consumption of genetically modified corn led to organ failure and weight gain in animals and the chemicals that are being sprayed are known to cause infertility, hormonal problems, cancer and birth defects.
How can you avoid genetically modified sweet corn?
Currently there are two great ways to avoid GMO corn.
- Ask your farmer if they plant GMO corn. Right now there are only two varieties of sweet corn sold in the USA: Monsanto’s Performance and Sygenta’s Attribute.
- Buy certified organic sweet corn. Organic standards currently forbid GMO crops, so if you are buying organic then you know that you are getting a crop that has not been genetically modified.