06 Jan '12, 11am

Bourbon of proof: Is Kentucky’s heritage spirit compromised by GMO corn?

Bourbon of proof: Is Kentucky’s heritage spirit compromised by GMO corn?

Aging bourbon at the Wild Turkey distillery. Photo: Michael Kellstrand In 2007, Grist writer David Roberts wrote about his less-than-successful hunt for an organic bourbon . Five years of boom-like growth in the organic sector later and -- go figure -- there's still no organic bourbon on the U.S. market. In fact, finding any bourbon free of genetically engineered corn (as all certified organic products must be) has become increasingly difficult. Bourbon gives us an interesting window into GMO grain, because the spirit must by definition be made with at least 51 percent corn. Consider the fact that 85 percent of the corn grown in the U.S. is now genetically engineered, and you can guess why organic bourbon won't be appearing in a liquor store near you any time soon. If you haven't thought too much about the presence of GMOs in spirits, you're not alone. Thad Vogler, owner o...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/corn/2012-01-06-bourbon-of-proof-wil...

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