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What Do Squirrels Think Of GMOs?

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Paul Fonder was curious to see what kind of corn squirrels would favor.

Last fall, Fonder conducted an experiment in his South Dakota backyard. He built a squirrel feeder and put genetically modified corn fresh from a neighbor’s field on one post and one-year-old organic corn on the other.

“You would expect squirrels to prefer fresh corn over corn that’s a year old,” said Fonder. But that’s not what happened.

Here’s a simple picture that tells the story.

Corn-experiment

Fonder repeated the experiment five times, using different varieties of organic and GM corn.  Each time, he got the same results.

Do you think that it’s possible the squirrels might be on to something here?

If you want to see GMOs labeled in the United States, like they are in the picture, then here’s some good news.  Labeling efforts are underway in 26 states, and in November voters in the state of Washington will have the opportunity to make their state the first in the nation to mandate labeling without condition.

Public interest lawyer and Food Revolution Summit speaker Michele Simon has written a new post with an update on important developments in Washington’s Initiative 522, and how you can help.

Check out her important article here.

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000918303556 Charollotte Boyd

    Very interesting…

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=627280941 Caroline Lewis

    ah ah.. BAN GMO.’

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    ah ah.. BAN GMO.’

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    ah ah.. BAN GMO.’

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000918303556 Charollotte Boyd

    Very interesting…

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000918303556 Charollotte Boyd

    Very interesting…

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000918303556 Charollotte Boyd

    Very interesting…

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000918303556 Charollotte Boyd

    Very interesting…

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000918303556 Charollotte Boyd

    Very interesting…

  • Gary

    I need a squirrel food tester so I can know for sure my food is safe.

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000918303556 Charollotte Boyd

    Very interesting…

  • Janis

    I'm with the squirrels. I'll take my chances with non-GMO's.

  • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.dallin Aaron Dallin

    This is interesting but it doesn't really prove anything. The experimenter assumes that his squirrels stayed away simply because the corn is GMO, which is simplistic and a little silly. Did he even bother to research how the GMO corn was modified specifically? My guess is that the corn is Bt corn. Notice that the squirrels did eat some of the GMO corn. Why did they stop? " To kill a susceptible insect, a part of the plant that contains the Bt protein (not all parts of the plant necessarily contain the protein in equal concentrations) must be ingested. Within minutes, the protein binds to the gut wall and the insect stops feeding." My guess is, they got tummy aches ;). Paul, was the corn Bt corn? Do you know?

    • juanito

      Corn is food to animals… people, cattle, pigs, and chickens included. If your assumption is that squirrels get a stomach ache from eating Bt corn, it's likely other animals would, too. Conventional animal agriculture requires animals to eat alot of feed to maximize growth… if Bt caused stomach aches, it would be a major problem. Logically, your theory stinks! Just sayin'… :-)

      • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.dallin Aaron Dallin

        I never stated that larger organisms would not have a problem with GT corn. They most certainly would have some sort of response. I was trying to point to more specific science, so that the anit-GMO peeps don't get too excited. I do think that GMO corn affects the human individual in a negative way, so lets get down to details, not generals that do nothing for any species. Lets talk numbers, not knee jerk reactions. I'm about as left as you can get, as long as you u have data.

      • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.dallin Aaron Dallin

        I'll admit that my replay was a late night drunken post LOL. Now I see what you meant. The bigger the organism the smaller effect Bt corn has on them. It kills insects, but a mammal the size of a squirrel will survive eating it. It is very possible that Bt corn could bother a squirrel's stomach, but not larger animals. But who knows, my theory was just a thought ;).

  • https://www.facebook.com/doug.richmond.167 Doug Richmond

    Grow my own food in aquaponics, Heirloom seeds only, Non GMO. The tubers, i.e potatoes, carrots, etc. are grown in 5 gallon buckets

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000918303556 Charollotte Boyd

    Very interesting…

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    Very interesting…

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000918303556 Charollotte Boyd

    Very interesting…

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000918303556 Charollotte Boyd

    Very interesting…

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000918303556 Charollotte Boyd

    Very interesting…