Friday, December 16, 2011

Fast Fact Friday: Super Bugs!

According to the US Department of Agriculture, 94% of soy and 70% of corn produced in the U.S. is in fact genetically modified. This engineering of seeds serves different purposes depending on the crop, generally making them herbicide or insect resistant. Well, this year has been a tough one for the company in control of the majority of these seed resources - Monsanto. Its "Round-Up ready" corn, soy and alfalfa, resistant to the popular herbicide, has been linked to the appearance of "superweeds" that have also developed an immunity to the chemical. Now, there is evidence that insects that can withstand the pesticide Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxin have been uncovered. Unlike other insects that are supposedly susceptible to Bt crops that emit the pesticide, the corn root worm seems to be the new "superbug," just fine munching on them. So, what's next in the "super" family?

Here a some more fast GMO facts and another post on GMOs.

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