Nature fights back as pesticide resistant bugs devour GM Monsanto corn with a vengeance

Be careful what EATS YOU!

Why anyone would eat non organic corn is beyond me. One day the lawsuits will fly just like in big tobacco.
"According to new research from Canadian scientists, the pesticides used on genetically modified (GM) crops and, in some cases, the genes used to create GM crops are able to survive in our digestive tracts, move into our bloodstreams, and, in the case of pregnant women, show up into their developing infants. The study, in press in the journal Reproductive Toxicology, contradicts that biotech companies are either misleading or inaccurate when they repeatedly reassure the government and public health organizations that genes and bacteria inserted into GM crops cannot survive the digestive tract. “Monsanto and the Environmental Protection Agency swore up and down that it was only insects that would be hurt” by GM crops, says Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology, a nonprofit devoted to educating the public about the risks of genetically modified crops. “They were wrong.”

The Best years in Life
By Tony Issacs

Corn which has been genetically engineered by Monsanto to kill western corn rootworm is reportedly being devoured by those pests with a vengeance. Thanks to the heavy reliance on the genetically modified crops, the tiny rootworm pest has overtaken fields, outsmarting the genetic engineering that was supposed to keep it away. According to recent reports, pesticide-resistant rootworms are showing up weeks earlier and more voraciously than ever.

Mike Gray, a professor of entomology with the University of Illinois reported: “We're still early in the growing season, and the adults are about a month ahead of schedule,” explained Gray. “I was surprised to see them – and there were a lot.”

Reports of increasing rootworm damage began coming in last after Iowa State University researcher, Aaron Gassmann, published a study saying that the rootworms were becoming resistant to the product, creating so-called “superbugs” in Iowa fields.

In a research paper published in the July/August/September 2012 issue of the journal Gm Crops & Food, scientists reported that samples taken in 2010 indicated that rootworm populations had an eleven-fold survival rate on Cry3Bb1 maize than did control populations. The paper noted that resistant corn rootworm populations were first identified in 2009 and that survival on Cry3Bb1 maize at that time that was three times higher than populations not associated with such injury.

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