The Monsanto Company has two major types of genetically modified crops with two different aims: one is genetically engineered in a lab to withstand large doses of chemical herbicides while the second actually produces insect-killing Bt toxins within the plant.
The latter type of food is not as widespread, in large part because consumers simply are not comfortable with the fact that they would be ingesting a food that has been artificially altered to produce its own insect-killing toxin.
For that reason, most Bt toxin-producing GMO crops (mostly corn) are used as animal feed and in processed foods. But how much toxicity are you getting in foods produced with these crops?
The Bt soybean is not commercially available in America as they haven’t been approved, but a recent ruling by the EPA has activists concerned about a possible high level of toxicity in these GMO plants.
The EPA has officially ruled that Monsanto’s Bt soybean will be exempt from any pre-established safety level of measurable Bt pesticide proteins.
EPA granted an exemption from the requirement to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of the Bt protein, Cry2Ab2, in or on soybean, according to the final rule written by EPA’s Jack Housenger, director of the Office of Pesticide Programs.
The final rule will be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday.
There are currently no Bt soybean varieties approved for commercial use in the U.S.
Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences both have Bt soybean varieties, which are primarily sold in South America. According to a Monsanto spokesperson, the federal register announcement is an experimental use permits the company is pursuing with the EPA.
Government collusion with and favoritism toward Monsanto are just two of the reasons why millions of protesters worldwide are expected to take to the streets on May 23, 2015. To find a list of marches near you check out the events link here.