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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4472 Tue Jul 09 09:28:07 EDT 2013 Cassandra Oberlander Douglas, WY
4471 Tue Jun 18 21:54:18 EDT 2013 Tara Knisely Mechanicsburg, PA
4470 Thu Jun 13 02:44:52 EDT 2013 Tessa Yonson Albury, ot
4469 Wed Jun 05 19:55:25 EDT 2013 Micaela McClinton Stanfordville, NY An effective way to grow crops and resist pests and diseases was already developed thousands of years ago. And it still works. Organic companion planting. All this genetically modified crap is useless More....
4468 Tue Jun 04 23:42:45 EDT 2013 Dana Roth Stephens City, VA
4467 Tue Jun 04 00:36:52 EDT 2013 Amanda Windatt AB
4466 Mon May 27 22:52:49 EDT 2013 Anonymous
4465 Sun May 26 01:51:09 EDT 2013 Anthony Parshall
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!
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