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Derby Shocker: Does Your Mint Julep Contain GMOs?

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Most Kentucky bourbon is made with genetically modified corn. We’ll tell you what to buy instead.

A Derby downer: Most good ol' Kentucky bourbon is made with GMO corn.

Thousands of frosty mint juleps in shiny silver cups will be pushed across the bar towards thirsty patrons at Churchill Downs this weekend, as folks enjoy one of spring’s most treasured events: the Kentucky Derby.

GM Food: Don't Ask, Don't Tell?

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Just over half of Americans say they wouldn’t buy a food they knew was genetically modified. Another 87 percent say they want to see GM labels at the grocery store. That’s one reason why Connecticut’s recent failure to require labeling is so surprising, says Treehugger. Now, genetically-modified food is controversial among consumers, farmers, and scientists, and it’s difficult to find a consensus on GM benefits and risks. The World Health Organization, for instance, while noting some potential human health hazards like gene transfer, maintains GM safety is a case-by-case issue.

Bourbon of proof: Is Kentucky’s heritage spirit compromised by GMO corn?

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Bourbon gives us an interesting window into GMO grain, because the spirit must by definition be made with at least 51 percent corn. Consider the fact that 85 percent of the corn grown in the U.S. is now genetically engineered, and you can guess why organic bourbon won’t be appearing in a liquor store near you any time soon.

NEW PRIMER ON GE FOODS FROM FOOD & WATER WATCH

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SUMMARY: "A new 25-page background paper from the environmental group Food & Water Watch is long on information supporting its views on the science and politics surrounding genetically engineered food. But the extensively footnoted paper devotes just three paragraphs under a “Safe to eat?” section. [...] Most of the report is spent making Food & Water Watch’s case against the rapid growth of GE crops, which were first introduced in 1996. It argues that most GE crops merely kill weeds or resist insects, but have not been “high-yielding” or “drought resistant” as promised."

GROWERS AGAINST MODIFYING FRUIT

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After a heated discussion at the B.C. Fruit Growers Association’s annual convention in Penticton, orchardists voted not to support genetically-modified tree fruits until government can assure them there won’t be any impact on market returns.

The vote was not unanimous but passed with a big majority of the delegates to the 122nd annual convention favouring the resolution against GMOs.

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