Monsanto Goes Organic

Source Monsanto Is Going Organic in a Quest for the Perfect Veggie By Ben Paynter 01.21.2014

Note If you want more information on Monsanto’s shift to Organic non-gmo vegetable seed development Please Read the entire Source document.

One mans opinion Whether you love or hate the name Monsanto the truth is, Monsanto has been forced by food producers (farmers) and food consumers (that’s you and me) to go Organic, Non-GMO in developing and producing vegetable seed.
FYI – The United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA or FDA) considers all additive-free, conventionally bred produce to be safe for (Human) consumption.

Monsanto is engaging in an all out quest for better, more flavorful, disease, drought, insect resistant vegetables. This research and breeding program is based in 1920’s style hybridizing technology. Good old fashion plant selection and cross pollinating to develop better or even new vegetables for our tables.

Monsanto Frescada lettuce. Has crisp leaves with a longer shelf life, plus 146 percent more folate and 74 percent more vitamin C than ordinary iceberg lettuce. Frescada lettuce is a hybrid of Iceberg and romaine lettuce.

Monsanto’s new BellaFina (bell pepper)organic peppers come in miniature, single serving sizes to reduce leftovers. Developed by selectively breeding plants with smaller peppers.

Monsantos organic hybrid Beneforté broccoli was developed by crossbreeding commercial broccoli with a strain growing wild in southern Italy and contains 3 times the usual amount of glucoraphanin, a compound that helps boost antioxidant levels.

Monsanto realized genetically modifying consumer crops proved to be inefficient and expensive. Stark (Monsanto researcher) estimates that adding a new gene takes roughly 10 years and $100 million to go from a product concept to regulatory approval. And inserting genes one at a time doesn’t necessarily produce the kinds of traits that rely on the inter­actions of several genes. Monsanto knew it couldn’t just genetically modify its way to better produce. It had to breed great vegetables to begin with.

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5 responses to “Monsanto Goes Organic

  1. Pingback: Monsanto – GMO – GM – Heirloom – Hybrid – Organic – Get It Right | Town & Country Gardening

  2. Hi! I think common sense is so uncommon because the need for instant gratification trumps it. I think most people who act without common sense are really just ignoring it. As far as Monsanto goes….I’m happy to see that consumer voices were strong and loud….money talks and if companies are effected in their bank account, they will do what the consumers want. Several years ago, I stopped buying products with high fructose corn syrup. They were difficult to find. For example, at one time I could only find one brand of bread in my grocery store that did not have it. The more consumers bought the brand (s) without it, the more companies produced products without it. Now there are several brands to choose from. I agree a little with jorgiekae….Monsanto have proven to be dishonest in the past, so I think I will still buy my organic and non GMO seeds elsewhere 🙂

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    • Thanks for taking time to visit my tiny blog.
      For the record, I and not for or against GMO products nor am for or against Monsanto’s research or their products.
      But I heard the same objections about hybridizing wheat, maize, oats and vegetables in the 1940’s and 1950’s. It will take another 50 or maybe even 75 years of testing and research by the USDA, FDA and EPA before we will truly know what good or bad is coming out of GMO research and GMO products.

      Happy gardening

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  3. Hmmm . . . Suspicious if you ask meA bad guy doesn’t just automatically become a good guy over night. I suspect ulterior motives on their part, and would consider their seeds highly suspicious. But then, I am suspicious by nature.

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    • Re jorgiekae Hi, Just for the record I neither like nor-dislike Monsanto. I have been in and around the agricultural industry for more than 50 years. First let me say Monsanto has never been know to genetically modify any food grain or vegetable with one notable exception and that is rice. They did pioneer golden rice, a variety that contains beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A, Many rice consuming cultures are/were deficient in vitamin A.
      True Corn and Soy Facts. Roundup ready, GM corn Is Not Food grade corn.(Field) corn is used for livestock, poultry feeds and in ethanol and oil production. Food grade (sweet) corn is not a GMO corn.
      GM round-up Soy is not commonly used in food grade soy products. It is also mostly used in livestock/poultry feeds or oil production.
      Fear mongers have attacked Monsanto for years without 1(one) scientifically proven fact. Lots of hear say and fear of GMO foods, but the so called facts they spout can not be proven in scientific testing. But that’s OK, we do still have Freedom of speech and press society and that’s the way it should be.

      Happy productive gardening

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