A LONG-STANDING project of the US Government has been to perfect a genetically-modified variety of corn, the diet staple in Mexico and many other Latin American countries. The field-testing of the corn has been financed by the US Department of Agriculture along with a small California bio-tech company named Epicyte.
The Epicyte scientists went one step further and created the ultimate GM crop—‘contraceptive corn’—after researchers discovered a rare class of human antibodies that attack sperm. By isolating the genes that regulate the manufacture of these antibodies, and by putting them in corn plants, the company has created tiny horticultural factories that make contraceptives.
“Spermicides in your food! What’s the worst that could happen..?”
Announcing his success at a 2001 press conference, the president of Epicyte, Mitch Hein, pointing to his GMO corn plants and announced, “We have a hothouse filled with corn plants that make anti-sperm antibodies.”