In a report released last week researchers reveal growing pest resistance in IL cornfields, despite crop rotation aimed at slowing the steadily growing problem. The findings contribute to a growing body of evidence that GMO-driven agriculture fails the sustainability scratch test, despite well-funded industry hype.
New evidence highlights a potentially serious problem for US food shoppers and corn farmers. First documented about a year ago, a new study last month showed worsening rootworm resistance to Monsanto’s Bt corn. Based on a growing body of research, the EPA acknowledges that “There is mounting evidence raising concerns that insect resistance is developing in parts of the corn belt.”
Twelve years ago, a study found that genetically modified Bt corn was lethal to monarch butterflies; recent research shows that another type of GM crop is even more damaging to the beloved insect.
A new study published in Science found that Bt corn provides economic benefits for farmers who plant non-GM corn in nearby fields. It sounds great, but is that the whole story?
As if industrial agriculture wasn’t polluting water enough with manufactured chemical pesticides, now researchers have discovered that U.S. streams are also contaminated with insecticides genetically engineered into plants. According to a study published last week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Bt toxin from GMO corn is finding its way into streams.