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 ...|
|4424||Sun Dec 16 06:20:50 EST 2012||Anonymous||NH|
|4423||Tue Nov 06 10:44:46 EST 2012||Valerie Sherrill||Boardman, OH|
|4422||Tue Oct 16 19:56:00 EDT 2012||Vivian Fox||Santa Monica, CA|
|4421||Mon Aug 13 15:52:07 EDT 2012||Colby Jeffers||Phoenix, AZ|
|4420||Thu Aug 09 15:50:44 EDT 2012||cheri bjork||mt prospect, IL|
|4419||Sat Aug 04 14:40:42 EDT 2012||Blanca Hurtado||Yakima, WA|
|4418||Sat Jul 14 21:04:09 EDT 2012||Janette Crimmins||Indianapolis, IN||I want a world worth living on for my son and his kids.|
|4417||Wed Jul 11 07:00:57 EDT 2012||erika naegelin||san antonio, TX||Enforce this rule, so we have food into the future. Better yet, don't allow gmo anything on the market and go back to the natural way of growing for superb healthy food for our families.|
|4416||Mon Jul 09 16:49:20 EDT 2012||David OBrien||Tonawanda, NY||The way forward is by going back to what is natural. It is not to late to make the change that will not only save what we grow but the supply of food for the world. We will be watching.|
|4415||Mon Jul 09 14:26:28 EDT 2012||Lara Post||Ann Arbor, MI||Please enforce these important rules that are already in place.|
|4414||Fri Jun 22 18:44:48 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Fishers, IN|
|4413||Sat Jun 16 20:00:02 EDT 2012||harden||Stanwood, WA||I do not want genetically modified foods at ALL. Thank you|
|4412||Sat Jun 16 19:59:01 EDT 2012||gary harden||Stanwood, WA|
|4411||Tue Jun 12 17:31:53 EDT 2012||Mary Leonard||Citrus Heights, CA|
|4410||Sun Jun 10 11:55:57 EDT 2012||Robert Caravella||Winnsboro, TX|
|4409||Thu May 24 09:47:01 EDT 2012||Walter Campbell||Atlantic Highlands , NJ|
|4408||Wed May 23 11:06:19 EDT 2012||brandon watts||ellenwood, GA||i wonder how many super bugs/bacteria are required to come about before these money hungry companies/CEO's realize that they are killing the integrity of the USA food supply as a whole!?!|
|4407||Tue May 22 21:43:58 EDT 2012||Kamla Presswalla||Denver, CO||These bugs, super strains of baceria, and toxins all around us are the repercussions of an artificial food system. I love that we can go back to organic farming and be both better off financially and More....|
|4406||Sun May 20 23:55:38 EDT 2012||Linda Dall||Brunswick, ME|
|4405||Sun May 20 20:49:55 EDT 2012||Emma Cecil||OR|
|4404||Wed May 16 18:24:54 EDT 2012||Randall Collins||WA|
|4403||Wed May 16 14:43:55 EDT 2012||Jeremy Anderson||Hillsboro, OR||It's a bit of a challenge, advancing as a species when we're eating crap|
|4402||Wed May 16 11:21:18 EDT 2012||Arlene Torbica||Milwaukee, WI|
|4401||Sun May 13 03:08:24 EDT 2012||Yee Tang||Silver Spring, MD|
|4400||Sat May 12 18:21:04 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Stop childhood obesity and metabolic syndrome NOW!!!! Make pure, healthy food available to all!|