Monsanto's Resistant Super Bugs
Did you hear that crash? It’s the sound of corn stalks toppling over, their root systems ravaged by rootworms. But wait, didn’t Monsanto promise that their genetically-modified (GM) corn, bred to include Bt toxins, would resist pests? Turns out that after only a few years, insects have already evolved to resist Bt, and are now attacking corn fields in the Midwest. If we keep allowing monoculture fields of Monsanto’s Bt corn, soon there will be no way to fight these super bugs.
To promote crop rotation and to create “refuges” for non-resistant rootworms, the EPA mandates that farmers use non-Bt corn for at least 20% of their fields. But unfortunately, blinded by Monsanto’s promises of higher yields, not all farmers are complying with the regulations. In fact, data from the Center for Science in the Public Interest suggests that one out of every four farmers who plants Bt corn is not in compliance, and the number is growing. This drastically increases the likelihood that pesticide-resistant insects will attack future crops, including organic and non-GM corn.
Ask the EPA to enforce their rules requiring the planting of other types of corn, and require the use of non-GM seed on at least 20% of land.
Only a few years after Monsanto introduced Bt corn, cornfields in the Midwest are being attacked by resistant rootworms. These super insects are flourishing because farmers are not adhering to EPA regulations to plant at least 20% of their land with non-Bt corn. These insects pose a severe threat to all future corn crops. End the monoculture fields of Bt corn; require the planting on non-GM corn to safeguard our food supply.
The FRESH Community, undersigned
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|4413||Wed Nov 14 14:52:58 EST 2012||Erica Barry||Allston, MA|
|4412||Thu Nov 08 16:29:41 EST 2012||Kim Jones||Tulsa, OK|
|4411||Tue Nov 06 23:44:35 EST 2012||Anonymous||Thousand Oaks, CA|
|4410||Tue Nov 06 10:44:46 EST 2012||Valerie Sherrill||Boardman, OH|
|4409||Mon Nov 05 19:06:46 EST 2012||Janice Terzioglu||San Diego, CA|
|4408||Sat Nov 03 23:58:00 EDT 2012||Nia Padilla||Staten Island , NY|
|4407||Sun Oct 21 17:51:04 EDT 2012||Diana Davis||Newport , NC|
|4406||Sun Oct 21 17:48:11 EDT 2012||Diana Davis||Newport , NC||Monsanto is adding chemicals to our food, obviously there will be side effects of continuous exposure to this. The usa is the only country that does not label Genetically Mutated Organisms because the More....|
|4405||Tue Oct 16 20:27:41 EDT 2012||karen currier||Center Valley, PA|
|4404||Tue Oct 16 19:56:00 EDT 2012||Vivian Fox||Santa Monica, CA|
|4403||Mon Oct 15 03:24:27 EDT 2012||Bradley Pierson||Aurora, CO|
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|4401||Tue Oct 09 21:22:04 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Edison, NJ|
|4400||Wed Oct 03 13:44:53 EDT 2012||Anonymous||potomac, MD||Monoculture is not working (safely) (or economically). Who is benefiting? Not the farmer...its the food industry giants ADM and Cargill.|
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