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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|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|