U.S. now importing non-GMO corn, soy, to meet demand

Monsanto, with the cooperation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has now taken over the abundant (90 percent) of corn and soy crops grown in the U.S.

This was no mean achievement.

It required patents, threats and expensive lawsuits. It seemed the war to control two of the world’s biggest export commodity crops was won.

But something happened on the way to the genetically modified U.S.-based corn kingdom.

First, a bunch of pesky foreigners refused to let GM corn, dependent upon inserted glyphosate Roundup and other unnatural chemicals,  into their countries, preferring the old-fashioned unadulterated corn.

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And now, here in the U.S., the demand for natural, organic corn (native to the Americas) for animal feed and human consumption has exploded to the point that much corn must be imported from countries like Romania (37 percent), Turkey (19 percent) and the Netherlands (18 percent).

Canada and Argentina at 18 percent and 10 percent respectively, make up the balance of U.S. imported non-GMO corn.

This is according to U.S. trade data, released recently by the Organic Trade Association (OTA).

According to Bloomberg News, dollar amounts of non-GMO corn imports from Romania spiked from only $545,000 in 2013 to $11.6 million in 2014!

During that same period, non-GMO soybean imports from India doubled to $13.8 million.

The U.S. likes its meat, but an ever growing number of U.S. meat-eaters do not want it filled with hormones and other synthetics. They are demanding meat that is U.S.-certified to be free of synthetics and genetically modified feed. Thus, much of the imported non-GMO corn and soy is used for animal feed to fill this demand.

Some organic feed companies have seen their sales quadruple in less than two years.

The organic market is growing. In the U.S. sales of products (including natural cosmetics, lotions and essential oils) certified free of synthetics and GMOs totaled $35.9 billion in 2014. Exports totaled $553 million. But imports totaled $1.28 BILLION, led by organic coffee imports.

However, loyal Americans can be assured that there is still a huge market for homegrown GMO corn and soy by-products, which find their way into the thousands of processed foods which line American grocery store delis, freezers and shelves.

And what has variously been called “the Monsanto Protection Act,” “Monsanto’s Dark Act,” and “Monsanto’s Dream Bill,” is still looming in Congress. If implemented, it prohibits states and regions from choosing to ban or label GMO seeds or products.

Needless to say, the bill is not popular with those who value states’ rights and health freedom. And next month on May 23, in the annual world ‘March Against Monsanto’ in cities throughout the world, people will demonstrate their objection to the corporate takeover of our lives, health and nature.

Source: Naturalblaze.com

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