29 Aug '11, 3am

Early Sign: End Of Bt Corn May Be Upon Us

Early Sign: End Of Bt Corn May Be Upon Us

Before Bt corn. The European or 'western' root borer commonly chewed the corn root tendrils right where they enter the soil surface. Corn yield would fall and right before harvest a stiff wind could more easily blow the plants down (this blow down effect is sometimes called "lodging," as pictured. (Lodging can also describe broken stalks.) After Bt corn became the predominant seed type used. By inserting a gene segment used by a Bt making bacterium into corn seeds, corn plant roots contain residues of one or more Bt proteins 'naturally' toxic to the corn root borer. Borer's chew and die. For farmers who used the Bt corn, average yield went up and pesticide application costs went down. Every farm agent recommended it and soon it was only those loony organic growers who went without. All the planets lined up for Bt resistance. As I pointed out in Where Did "More" Corn Ethano...

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