On Wednesday night’s episode of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert broached Monsanto’s GMO wheat controversy in his usual tongue-in-cheek style.
Colbert compared the wheat to zombies, calling it “amber waves of frankengrain” and "the return of the walking bread." He even poked fun at Monsanto for saying it is "mystified by the appearance of the wheat," noting that "at this point, [the wheat itself] can probably talk" and solve the mystery.
Colbert also mentioned that Monsanto could face criminal prosecution and a $1 million fine for the scandal, insinuating that it would be merely pocket change based on Monsanto’s profits.
Science journalist Laurie Garrett joined Colbert to discuss the new strain of wheat, and what it means for the seed giant's future. She said that Monsanto is “leaking” the fact that they may have been sabotaged, adding a dose of suspicion with the observation that "there's no reason seeds should survive in the soil for the last couple of years."
When Colbert asked her if she thought GMOs were dangerous, Garrett plainly stated that there was probably no threat to human health. Yet she left her statement open-ended, without answering what impact genetically modified foods could have on environmental health.
Check out Part 1 above and Part 2 below to watch Colbert discuss GMO wheat. Are you in favor of or against genetically modified foods? Let us know in the comments!