As if spraying pesticides onto your food wasn’t bad enough, Monsanto was just green-lighted by the EPA to embed genetic engineering right into the food itself.
Taking GMOs to a whole new level, the process is called RNA interference—which sounds creepy enough on the surface—allowing the silencing of specific genes in plants.
Also known as RNAi, the technique will be used in corn to kill rootworms—a bothersome pest for farmers.
But as with all of the biotech giant’s concoctions, how do we know any of it is safe?
“To attempt to use this technology at this current stage of understanding would be more naive than our use of DDT in the 1950s,” said the National Honey Bee Advisory Board to the EPA.
The uncertainty is exacerbated by the widespread consumption of corn in America, which is partially caused by the fact that it is subsidized heavily by the government.
Approximately 70% of the U.S.’s diet contains some kind of corn product, either high fructose corn syrup, corn solids, or others.