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GMO Crops Require More Pesticides, Create Resistant Insects

Anthony Gucciardi
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November 3rd, 2011
Updated 11/08/2012 at 10:25 pm
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Genetically modified crops are not only devastating to your health, but they are also wreaking havoc on the environment. New research adds to the mountain of evidence that genetically modified crops not only require more pesticides — defeating one primary purpose of their existence — but lead to new insect populations that are resistant to the biopesticides contained in the crops. As insects adapt to the genetically modified Bt, the biopesticide becomes absolutely worthless, igniting a vicious cycle of further genetic alteration.

Bt is a toxin incorporated into genetically modified crops in order to kill different insects, however Bt usage has subsequently spawned insect populations which are resistant to the biopesticide. At least 8 populations of insects have developed resistance, with 2 populations resistant to Bt sprays and at least 6 species resistant to Bt crops as a whole.

The Endless Cycle of Genetically Modified Biopesticides

What does this mean? Well, as a solution to the Bt resistance, biotech scientists are now creating even stronger genetically modified Bt as farmers use even more pesticides to combat the resistant bugs. However tests conclude that modified Bt toxin provided ‘little or no advantage’ in tackling the insects, despite extensive time and funding put into the research. It seems like an endless cycle in which scientists continue to genetically modify already genetically altered toxins in order to make them stronger and more effective against resistant insects — ultimately ending in insects that are immune to the most potent forms of Bt and other biopesticides. The ultimate effects that this volatile cycle will have on the environment is simply unknown.

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Meanwhile the research highlights the numerous benefits of alternative and sustainable forms of organic farming. The study concludes that:

Alternative organic, sustainable methods of farming provide a realistic alternative, independent of reliance on agrobiotech corporations.

Of course organic and sustainable farming practices do not require endless amounts of genetic modification, heavy pesticide use, and the negative health effects that go along with it all.  It seems that when Monsanto isn’t involved, farming becomes much simpler, healthy, and environmentally friendly.

About Anthony Gucciardi:
1.thumbnail GMO Crops Require More Pesticides, Create Resistant InsectsGoogle Plus ProfileAnthony is the Editor of NaturalSociety whose work has been read by millions worldwide and is routinely featured on major alternative and mainstream news website alike, including the powerful Drudge Report, NaturalNews, Daily Mail, and many others. Anthony has appeared on programs like Russia Today (RT), Savage Nation, The Alex Jones Show, Coast to Coast AM, and many others. Anthony is also dedicated to aiding various non-profit organizations focused around health and rehabilitation as well as the creator of the independent political website Storyleak

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  • biggerbrain

    Pesticides are for killing rats NOT insects.

    Bt is NOT pesticide it is insecticide.

    How do you expect intelligent people to take you seriously when you cant even use the right words??

    • KSfarmgirl

      Pesticides is a general term referring to a product that's purpose is to prevent or eradicate a pest, ie- insects, weeds, and even fungus.

      Modern agriculture is not the great satan it is so frequently presented as. 98% of American farms are family farms. Run by hardworking men and women that do their best to provide safe, abundant, and affordable food. These farmers have to work with less and less land as they battle urban spread. So there is a need to grow more with less. Chemical regulations are stringent, and with modern agriculture we are using ounces per acre, not gallons per acre. This allows us to carefully manage the resources that we depend on for our living.

      Less than 1% of the US population claims farming as an occupation and I realize that many folks have absolutely no connection with real agriculture. This has led to people believing what they read in a blog or watch on a show as opposed to what is happening every day on family farms across the nation.

      There are two sides to every story and those folks in agriculture are too darn busy to make all the fancy documentaries or be out there doing speaking engagements present the real side of production agriculture.

      • http://www.modernhippie.org Desiree

        When farmers grow GMO they are less profitable than there organic and non-GMO counterparts. I think your confusing the conversation here with one that is an attack on farmers rather than a conversation about whether or not biotech industries should be allowed to continue to peddle GMO seed that is harmful to humans, animals fed it and the environment at large. I LOVE farmers! I know quite a few! I live in a rural area and try to buy local food whenever possible. Know your farms- Know your food is a great motto and I try to observe it.

        Chemical regulations are NOT stringent in the least! What the EPA deems "safe' is far from it. It only takes minute amounts of pesticides over 20 to 50 years to create massive health problems and environmental implications,

        Biotech industries shouting from the roof tops that they want to feed the world is a crock! It's all about money, controlling who has the seed and selling you pesticides all the while.

        Do you work for Monsanto?

      • http://www.modernhippie.org Desiree

        I wanted to share this as well…

        http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/fst30years/yields

    • http://www.modernhippie.org Desiree

      sheesh.

  • Ella Baker

    The World Trade Organization has made a preliminary ruling that European Union restrictions on genetically engineered crops violate international trade rules. The United States, Canada, and Argentina together grow 80 percent of all biotech crops sold commercially, by which the EU regulates such crops. The countries argued that the EU's regulatory process was far too slow and its standards were unreasonable given that the overwhelming body of scientific evidence finds the crops safe.You can take action by staying informed and spreading the word at http://geneticallyengineeredfoodnews.com

  • Amy Pearson

    Go the organic way by choosing to be GMO free. Get started by taking the GMO Survey at http://LivingOrganic.org.

  • Anonymous

    Amazing what GMO crops can do.

  • Anonymous

    Insects with GM mutations.

  • Anonymous

    They create the Bt, then modify it even further to make it do its original purpose.

  • Anonymous

    Leave it to Monsanto genetically manipulate and destroy nature.