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.

Dear EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson,

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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4464 Fri May 24 00:31:10 EDT 2013 Josee Beaudry Toronto,Ontario, ON
4463 Wed May 22 22:29:23 EDT 2013 Anonymous Las Vegas, NM There is danger for limiting the number of variants of any seed, as the grandchild of a vice-president of a now defunct seed company, I was reminded that the need for variation is to help in case of infestations, More....
4462 Tue May 21 21:06:00 EDT 2013 Shelley Lynn Las Vegas, NV
4461 Fri May 17 01:14:23 EDT 2013 Anonymous Las Vegas, NV
4460 Sun May 12 01:12:04 EDT 2013 Anonymous Prévost, QC
4459 Wed May 08 22:21:21 EDT 2013 Felicia Domosley Aurora, CO
4458 Sat May 04 15:31:54 EDT 2013 Anonymous Orlando, FL
4457 Mon Apr 29 22:07:59 EDT 2013 Sarah Milligan
4456 Mon Apr 29 17:14:36 EDT 2013 Anonymous Worcester, MA
4455 Fri Apr 26 23:39:45 EDT 2013 Jason Mark Boca Raton, FL
4454 Wed Apr 24 17:55:31 EDT 2013 Sheri Pardee Farmington Hills, MI
4453 Sun Apr 21 21:19:41 EDT 2013 Anonymous Loma Linda, CA
4452 Sun Apr 14 10:30:18 EDT 2013 Greg Sieszputowski Mio, MI
4451 Sat Mar 23 16:16:58 EDT 2013 Jamie Adams MI
4450 Sat Mar 23 02:28:41 EDT 2013 Emma Sobel New York, NY
4449 Fri Mar 22 17:44:25 EDT 2013 Barbara Hayes Barnstable, MA
4448 Thu Mar 14 00:31:37 EDT 2013 Anonymous rochester hills, MI We don't want pest resistant insects!
4447 Wed Mar 13 10:52:15 EDT 2013 Melissa Miracle Edmond, OK
4446 Tue Mar 12 09:21:37 EDT 2013 Jean Murphy Royal Oak, MI
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
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