24 Dec '11, 1pm

USDA Approves Monsanto’s Drought Tolerant Corn

USDA Approves Monsanto’s Drought Tolerant Corn

Just in time for the New Year, the USDA has approved MON 87460, drought resistant corn. Approval discussions began last May upon fears that droughts could cripple the U.S. crop in a country where 40 percent of crop loss insurance is collected as a result of moderate to major drought. Monsanto sees a high demand looming and dollar signs as a result, especially considering that corn growing regions lose 15 percent of their crops worldwide each year due to drought . Monsanto will begin crop trials in the Great Plains region of the U.S. But tests have found Monsanto’s new genetically modified breed ineffective at its intended purpose. In fact, the USDA found that the crop didn’t perform well according to an article in The New York Times , which said that "[t]he reduced yield [trait] does not exceed the natural variation observed in regionally-adapted varieties of conventional ...

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