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
|Number||Date||Name||Location||Submit your comments on ...|
|4445||Sat Mar 09 10:58:14 EST 2013||Sarah Bacon||CO|
|4444||Sun Mar 03 02:44:06 EST 2013||Danette Hull||Highland, OH||We do not want pesticide-resistant insects!....Seriously, do you?????|
|4443||Sat Mar 02 11:52:56 EST 2013||Anonymous||Basking Ridge, NJ|
|4442||Tue Feb 19 22:54:19 EST 2013||Anonymous||Charlottesville, VA|
|4441||Tue Feb 19 22:54:17 EST 2013||Brandon Lee||Charlottesville, VA|
|4440||Tue Feb 19 00:25:41 EST 2013||Sydney Klein||Carbondale, IL|
|4439||Tue Feb 19 00:25:36 EST 2013||Sydney Klein||Carbondale, IL|
|4438||Mon Feb 18 19:14:30 EST 2013||Josh Fields||Kewaunee, WI|
|4437||Fri Feb 15 02:00:15 EST 2013||Nicole Brooks||San Francisco, CA|
|4436||Sat Feb 09 01:10:45 EST 2013||aaron english||vancouver, WA|
|4435||Wed Feb 06 11:44:41 EST 2013||Anonymous||West Point, IN||Do your job to safeguard out food supply. Enforce your rules requiring planting of other types of corn. Require non-GMO seed on at least 20% of land.|
|4434||Tue Feb 05 23:50:46 EST 2013||Debbie Bornilla||Henderson , NV|
|4433||Sun Feb 03 23:22:17 EST 2013||Lisa Levin||Crestview, FL|
|4432||Thu Jan 31 21:00:47 EST 2013||Springer Stevens||UT|
|4431||Wed Jan 30 16:04:58 EST 2013||Anonymous||Negley, OH|
|4430||Fri Jan 25 21:49:56 EST 2013||Margarita Wagerson|
|4429||Thu Jan 10 10:41:28 EST 2013||Greg Bonsignore||CT||Plant at least 20% of the land with non-Bt corn|
|4428||Tue Jan 08 20:54:10 EST 2013||Chris Schipper||Pasadena, MD|
|4427||Sat Jan 05 22:15:09 EST 2013||Karin Ladd||Farmington, MO||Please enforce your rules requiring the planting of other types of corn, and require the use on non-GM seed on at least 20% of land!!|
|4426||Thu Jan 03 21:16:54 EST 2013||Nicole Cantor||Seymour, CT||Crop diversity and non-gmo produce!|
|4425||Sat Dec 29 01:36:29 EST 2012||Geofredo Casares III||Edinburg, TX|
|4424||Fri Dec 28 22:49:47 EST 2012||Trace Brown||TX|
|4423||Sun Dec 23 23:28:40 EST 2012||Hannah Ehlers||Whitby, ON|
|4422||Sun Dec 16 06:20:50 EST 2012||Anonymous||NH|
|4421||Sun Dec 02 22:43:31 EST 2012||Eileen Horne||Highlands Ranch, CO|