| OCT. 10, 2002, CropChoice
News: Midwestern farmers and environmental organizations
want Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman to stop the marketing of certain
corn varieties produced by Garst Seed Co. that contain a toxic mold
until tests determine whether they caused infertility in hogs and
cattle in midwestern states.
A USDA spokeswoman says that responsibility for investigating
the corn lies with the Food and Drug Administration, which reportedly
is doing just that.
Although the corn, genetically engineered to express the insecticidal
bacterium bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), is supposed to better resist
molds than conventional corn, tests show it contains high levels
of fusarium mold, which can sicken humans and livestock.
Source: Associated Press