The corn is from Monsanto seeds, which produce a plant that exudes bt toxin, a pesticide that will kill insects that feed on the plant. It’s coming to Wal-Mart from farms in the Midwest, Northwest, Southeast and Texas. It will be the first genetically modified food to go directly from the farm to consumers – unlabled as GMO. Besides the toxin people who east the corn will consume, there are other serious farming issues with genetically modified crops outside the scope of this article. But it should be noted that Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and General Mills have vowed to not sell or use the genetically engineered.
Apparently, enough adults are informed and concerned enough to raise a stink, so Monsanto is aiming at the next generation, eyes always on the profit prize. How else to explain the absurd disinformation of the Biotechnology Basic Activity Book it sponsors?.
No book should be banned. That’s an axiom of this column.
Choices, however, are legitimate. As parents and librarians, gift-giving grandparents, whatever, we eschew children’s books that are too scary for our little ones, we don’t choose books that seem stupid or unfunny, and, most importantly, we don’t want books that are a pack of lies.
It’s proper, too, to shield tender young minds from harsh realities – but when they’re ready and we intend to inform them, our job is to get real.