27 Aug '11, 2pm

Monsanto GM Corn in Peril: Beetle develops Bt-resistance

Thursday August 25, 2011, 7:35 pm Nature herself may be the best opponent of genetically modified crops and pesticides. Not only plants, but insects are also developing resistance. The Western rootworm beetle – one of the most serious threats to corn – has developed resistance to Monsanto’s Bt-corn, and entire crops are being lost. Farmers from several Midwest states began reporting root damage to corn that was specifically engineered with a toxin to kill the rootworm. Iowa State University entomologist Aaron Gassmann recently confirmed that the beetle, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera, has developed resistance to the Bt protein, Cry3Bb1. Bacillus thuringiensis - Bt - is a bacterium that kills insects. Different proteins are engineered into cotton as well as corn plants. Two-thirds of all US corn is genetically modified per the USDA, and the bulk of that is Bt-corn. Monsanto...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/news/member/465852358/2919956

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