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 western root worm 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 making it worse. 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, corn plant roots 'naturally' contain residues of one or more Bt proteins toxic to the root borer. Borer's chew and then they die. At least in the beginning, farmers who used the Bt corn found their average yield went up and pesticide application costs went down. Every farm agent recommended it. Soon it was only those loony organic growers who went without. Before we get to the root of the matter, look how important ...

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Early Sign: End Of Bt Corn May Be Upon Us

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