Hey Guys! Want to sign a petition? The peeps over at Food and Water Watch are trying to stop Monsanto's GE Sweet Corn!

Monsanto's GE (that's Genetically Engineered not the light bulb company. GE’s other aliases include GMO, aka Genetically Modified Organism) sweet corn is approved and could be on your plate next year. This GE sweet corn, the first Monsanto crop designed to be consumed by people, is genetically engineered to produce pesticides and resist herbicides.

Food & Water Watch will be delivering these petitions signatures to the top ten largest grocery store chains in the U.S. to let them know consumers won't buy Monsanto's GE sweet corn.
So why should you be concerned about Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Sweet Corn?
1) This is the first GE crop that Monsanto is marketing for direct human consumption.
2) It will not be labeled.
3) It hasn't been tested for human safety.

Monsanto's sweet corn variety flew through the approval process because it combines two genetically engineered traits that were approved in 2005 and 2008. The USDA does no independent testing of GE crops, and the "stacked" combination of these traits for herbicide resistance and pesticide production has never been through a safety evaluation of any kind.

These traits have never been engineered into a food that will be consumed directly by people. Most of the GE corn that is currently grown is eaten by animals or processed into corn syrup, corn oil and other corn ingredients that show up in processed food. Monsanto's aiming to have their new GE sweet corn grown on 250,000 acres next year (roughly 40% of the sweet corn market). If this scares you take action now to make sure this corn isn't sold at your local grocery store (especially since you can do it on the internet now… remember when you had to sign a petition in person).

If the approval of Monsanto's sweet corn isn't bad enough, genetically engineered crops are not required to be labeled (like they are in Europe). We have no way of knowing if a food has been genetically engineered or contains GE ingredients.

They (and I) believe labeling should be required so that people can choose whether or not they want to eat GE foods. Unfortunately, GE sweet corn will not be labeled and it doesn't look any different from regular sweet corn.

Help make sure GE sweet corn is not sold by signing their petition to grocery stores. Food and Water Watch will be delivering this petition to the top ten grocery store chains in the country in an attempt to stop GE sweet corn from reaching our plates.

Sign the petition to grocery stores today: http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8405