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美国某公司首次推销转基因甜玉米,转基因玉米充斥美国市场吗?  

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        有在美国工作与生活的朋友从大洋彼岸发来下面的消息:孟山都公司准备向美国市场推销转基因甜玉米。
 
        不管推销规模是否很小和能否成功,这则消息透露了这样的信息:在此事发生前,转基因利益官学商三位一体既得利益团伙长期鼓吹的,所谓美国到处都是转基因食品和转基因甜玉米,美国市场充满转基因食品的说法,具有一定的欺骗性
 
        当时为了打消消费者顾虑,华中农大专家品尝(品尝的中文意思是第一次吃)转基因大米,并向世人说的他们团队经常以转基因大米为食。偶尔吃,偶尔品尝,与天天吃,月月吃,年年吃,是绝对不一样的概念。
 
        在GOOGLE查询“monstanto, first time, sweet corn”,会看到更多。
 
 
Monsanto launching its first biotech sweet corn

By Carey Gillam, ST. LOUIS, Missouri | Thu Aug 4, 2011 2:01pm EDT
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/04/us-monsanto-sweetcorn-idUSTRE7735LY20110804
 
        (Reuters) - Monsanto Co. is preparing to launch a genetically altered sweet corn, marking the global seed company's first commercial combination of its biotechnology with a consumer-oriented vegetable product.
 
        The sweet corn seed, which will be available to farmers this fall, has been genetically altered to tolerate treatment of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, and to
fight off insects that might attack the plants, said Consuelo Madere, Monsanto vice president of the company's global vegetable business.
 
        The "triple-stack" sweet corn is aimed at the fresh market, a relatively small market sector with total U.S. plantings of about 250,000 acres, said Madere.
 
        She declined to say how large of a launch the company was making, only to say it would be "very, very small."
 
        Though this is Monsanto's first biotech vegetable launch, Madere said other companies have already brought genetically altered vegetables to market and she
did not anticipate significant consumer backlash.
 
        "This is our first launch. We think it is a good product and we'll work to make sure we educate folks to the benefits," she said.
 
        Monsanto's vegetable unit is anchored by Seminis, which it acquired in 2005, and is distinct from Monsanto's mammoth seed business for field crops like corn,
soybeans, cotton and canola. For the most recent quarter, vegetable seed sales totaled $216 million out of more than $2.6 billion in total seed and genomic sales.
 
        Since buying Seminis, Monsanto has been expanding its holdings in the vegetable seed arena. Still, while Monsanto is known for its expertise in plant
biotechnology, the vegetable unit has only a few genetically altered products in its pipeline because non-biotech breeding techniques are more cost-effective than biotech for vegetable seeds, said Madere.
(Reporting by Carey Gillam; Editing by Alden Bentley)
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