A recent New York Times article on the fight to save the traditional Mexican tortilla reminded us to remind you: Let’s keep up the pressure on Maseca, the company selling pesticide-contaminated GMO tortillas, in Mexico, the U.S. and beyond.
Maseca, the leading global brand of Mexican corn flours, plainly states on its website:
“MASECA is made of 100% natural corn and is vital for the good diet, its high nutritional value and is synonym of health and energy.”
And yet, our tests showed that samples of both white and yellow Maseca brand flours contain traces of Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller. Tests also show that most of the flours are made with GMO corn.
That’s bad news for U.S. consumers. It’s even worse news for consumers in Mexico, who might rightly assume that the Mexican brand of corn flour they use to make tortillas wouldn’t be made from GMO corn—because open-field growing of GMO corn is prohibited in Mexico.
As the Times article reports, a good tortilla, made from scratch, through the traditional process known as nixtamalization, “makes the tortilla a valuable source of vitamins, minerals and protein. Industrially produced corn flour is also nixtamalized, but further processing strips it of nutrients, resulting in an inferior tortilla, according to tortilla purists.”
A tortilla made from GMO corn and laced with weedkiller? Not so much.