You might want to think twice about food shopping at Walmart before the next family barbecue. The store has admitted it will start selling genetically engineered sweet corn – the first such sweet corn to be widely available as a whole food on American supermarket shelves.
The sweet corn has been genetically engineered to withstand large amounts of Roundup weed-killer and also to express a pesticide, Bt toxin, within the corn itself. Yum, a little butter and salt with that?
In light of this information, what’s a consumer to do? How can we tell if the sweet corn on our barbecue is genetically engineered?
We can’t, until we get labeling.
That’s why we're calling on Walmart to voluntarily support labeling of genetically engineered foods in their retail stores. We're also encouraging everyone to help us pass California’s Prop 37, which will give consumers the right to know if our food has been genetically engineered – and the right to decide for ourselves whether to buy this food or not.
Election Day is just right around the corner: Join us today to restore our basic right to know what’s in our food.
- CEO, Walmart
Michael T. Duke
I recently heard that Walmart stores plan to begin carrying genetically engineered sweet corn with no sort of packing or label to inform consumers about it.
I am concerned about the potential health consequences of feeding this product to my family and my children. I believe that I have a right to know which products at Walmart have been genetically engineered so that I can make this decision for myself.
This genetically engineered sweet corn in particular has been altered to withstand large amounts of Roundup weed-killer and also to express a pesticide, Bt toxin, within the corn itself.
I'm not ready to play Roulette in the produce section of Walmart when trying to determine which ear of corn to purchase for my family. This product should be clearly labeled so that I can be confident in my purchasing decisions.
I am calling on Walmart today to voluntarily label genetically engineered sweet corn and other genetically engineered products sold in its stores. As a consumer, I have a right to know what I am putting in my body, and parents deserve to know what they are feeding their children.
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