Monday, February 7, 2000
An ambiguous decision by Frito-Lay Inc. not to accept genetically
modified corn is putting new pressure on farmers at the brink of the planting
season, even though the snack food giant is not willing to promise consumers
that its products will be GM-free.
While Frito-Lay's decision will not have a significant impact
on the size of the market for Bt corn, farmers contacted by BioCentury find
the move disturbing if not hypocritical. Nevertheless, many said they would
lower the acreage they devote to Bt corn this year, even if going back to conventional
corn means resuming heavy use of pesticides.