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Don't assume that your corn seed is GMO-free

(April 30, 2001 --Cropchoice news) -- Given that foreign genetics can spread in corn through cross pollination and contaminated planting, harvesting, and distribution equipment, farmers shouldn't warrant that they are growing corn free of all transgenic traits, warns the University of Minnesota Extension Service.

Before corn seed is labeled as being free of foreign genes, the American Seed Trade Association wants the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish a 1 percent maximum allowance for contamination.