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http://www.grist.org/list/2011-08-29-monsanto-fail-gmo-crops-are-losing-t heir-pest-control-powers
Monsanto fail: GMO crops are losing their pest control powers by Sarah Laskow
29 Aug 2011 Monsanto crops bred to thwart western corn rootworms, which love eating corn roots, are no longer are doing their job. The rootworms developed a resistance to the natural pesticide the crops produced and are chowing down.
The alternatives for farmers: buy other genetically modified seeds (which will totally work forever!); spray nastier insecticides; abandon the economic model of monoculture and GMO crops. Guess which one's going to happen. Maybe which two out of three.
Scientists are already working on a new way to make buggies regret they ever thought for a second about eating corn: it's called RNA interference, and it builds genetic code into plants that turns off essential genes of any bugs that eat it. At least, we hope it only applies to bugs.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/31/beetle-monsantos-genetically-mod ified-corn_n_944138.html
Beetle Develops Resistance To Monsanto's Genetically Modified Corn Monsanto Genetically Modified Corn
8/31/11 WASHINGTON -- Corn beetles have been consuming plants that were genetically modified to be resistant to that very beetle, raising fears that a new superbug could develop or that farmers could be forced to increase the use of pesticides.
In a study published late last month, Iowa State University entomologist Aaron Gassmann found that western corn rootworms (WCR) in four Iowa fields have developed resistance to an insect-killing protein derived from Bacillus thuringiensis, also known as Bt, the natural insecticide in Monsanto's genetically modified corn plant.
While there's still no evidence that any significant number of the pests have become resistant to the genetically modified seeds sold by agribusiness giant Monsanto, the findings may have farmers looking for alternatives.
Laboratory testing confirmed beetles were able to pass on Bt-resistance to their offspring.
"These results suggest that improvements in resistance management and a more integrated approach to the use of Bt crops may be necessary," Gassmann wrote in his study.
But Monsanto, which first released the genetically modified seeds in 2003, said the vast majority of customers are still getting good returns from the technology.
"These products continue to perform very well for growers in 2011, providing the expected level of WCR control on more than 99% of the acres planted with this technology," Monsanto wrote in a statement on its website.
AFP reported that Michael Gray, a crop scientist at the University of Illinois, is investigating whether pests that devoured genetically modified corn in Illinois earlier this year have also developed resistance to the plant's toxins.
To curb the development of resistance, Monsanto is recommending that farmers rotate crops, using non-Bt corn and SmartStax seeds introduced in 2010 to kill the pests in a new way.
The four fields in which the pests were found had been planted with the genetically modified seeds for at least three consecutive years.
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"While there's still no evidence that any significant number of the pests have become resistant to the genetically modified seeds sold by agribusiness giant Monsanto, the findings may have farmers looking for alternatives".
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Studies have shown that 8 out of 10 murderers in prison eat bread, therefore the findings may have parents looking for alternatives.
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