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Monsanto’s GMO Crops Ravage US, USDA Ignores Dangers

Mike Barrett
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January 2nd, 2012
Updated 11/06/2012 at 10:09 pm
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Monsanto’s genetically modified corn, which has been hailed as the answer to many farmers’ prayers, has actually been creating resistant superbugs for years. The genetically modified crop known as Bt corn has been altered to produce its own toxin, a pesticide called Bacillus thuringiensis which was implemented into the crop to kill off rootworms before they have a chance to ruin the crop. However the truth of the matter is that this hybrid crop, taking up 65 percent of all U.S. corn production, has been shown to cause a resistance in rootworm beetles, rendering the crop useless.

So then why is the United States allowing Monsanto to ramp up the usage of this environment-wrecking crop?

Monsanto Bt Corn Failing, Yet U.S. is Slow to ‘Pull the Plug’

The EPA found that the resistant rootworms, which are evolving to resist the insecticide,  are currently found Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Nebraska. After the EPA evaluated documented cases of severe crop damage as well as reports from entomologists, they stated that “Monsanto’s program for monitoring suspected cases of resistance is inadequate.” 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. But this is creating a vicious cycle very similar to how humans have become resistant to antibiotics, calling for stronger drugs. 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. And this is just one example of how biotech corporations and GMO crops are threatening the environment and humankind alike.

But the U.S. seems to be rather slow in taking any sort of action on a grand scale. While GMO crops are being rejected by other nations such as Hungary, Peru, and France, the U.S. still decides to push for further genetic modification. This is also reflected by the dominant presence of Monsanto’s rBGH in the U.S. The synthetic hormone is created using molecules and DNA sequences that are a result of molecular cloning, which has been linked to breast and gastrointestinal cancer. Unfortunately, it is estimated that around 1/3 of cows in the United States are injected with this synthetic hormone, which means that you have most likely been highly exposed to rBGH if you live in the U.S. or have eaten U.S. dairy products. All the while, 27 other countries are recognizing these problems, and have subsequently banned the synthetic hormone.

In fact, the U.S. is the only developed nation to allow for humans to consume milk from cows given artificial growth hormone. Are U.S. government officials truly convinced that GMO crops and  even rBGH dairy products are safe for human consumption, or does it have more to do with the fact that key political figures who were instrumental in the approval of GMO crops and rBGH were actually affiliated with Monsanto?

It is sad to see how the U.S. continues to so gracefully step back and give biotech giant Monsanto more power. Not only are government agencies ignoring these dangers, but the USDA seems to be so pleased with Monsanto that they even considered allowing the GMO giant to police itself. Nothing good can come from regulations where the company behind nearly every genetically modified crop in our daily diets is allowed to decide whether its products are causing any environmental harm.

About Mike Barrett:
2.thumbnail Monsantos GMO Crops Ravage US, USDA Ignores Dangers Google Plus Profile |Mike is the co-founder, editor, and researcher behind Natural Society. Studying the work of top natural health activists, and writing special reports for top 10 alternative health websites, Mike has written hundreds of articles and pages on how to obtain optimum wellness through natural health.

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  • B.B.

    that may be fine for you, but what about the uninformed parent who buys that food-like substance for her children?

  • biggerbrain

    Oh, first you say pesticide to kill rootworms, then you say insecticide.

    Well which is it pesticide or insecticide??

    They are NOT the same thing.

    • RH

      THey actually are the same thing. Pesticide is a main heading that includes insecticide, herbicide, rodenticide, etc.

  • mdfrend

    Not to defend Monsanto on their Bt corn, but…

    Farmers sign contracts with the seed dealers to plant corn that has not been modified to help combat this very problem. Too bad the farmers ignore the specified planting rates and schedules, and Monsanto does nothing to check compliance.

    Last word I had from a farmer that had recently purchased Bt corn. Unmodified seed is now mixed with Bt seed. This forces the required "refuge" to be planted in the field. Not on the corners of the irrigated pivot. This is all due to farmers not using common sense, nor being good stewards of the environment. They plant a monoculture for a profit, very little respect is granted to the environment.

    • Ed

      Whether defending Monsanto or not, do you really believe that farmers are told the truth by Monsanto, and that they know how many European, for example, countries, refuse GM seeds and Monsanto?

      Even then, and if extremely knowledgeable about their field, farmers may be equated to doctors that keep pushing the only three treatments for cancer – cutting, poisoning, and radiation – and all three kill rather than cure, although surgery does not always result in metastasis.

      The facts concerning the failure of the medical profession to actually cure and instead, endanger is well known but doctors keep doing the same.

      Maybe you do not mind eating GM crap but the fact is the federal government has no authority to regulate our food, and force Monsanto's insanity on us. That is the bottom line.

  • http://geneticallyengineeredfoodnews.com James T. Fisher

    The official U.S. position on genetically-modified organisms is that there is no difference between them and natural organisms. The issue goes even further to suggest that no country should be able to require mandatory GMO labeling on food items, even though science shows that GMOs act differently in the body than do natural organisms and are a threat to health. You can take action by staying informed and spreading the word at http://geneticallyengineeredfoodnews.com

  • Anonymous

    The US has a terrorist organisation that the government should do something about.

    Yes, I'm talking about Monsanto.

    After all, the government are always telling us how they intervene in other countries for humanitarian reasons. Well, Monsanto GM seeds are a form of food terrorism, which is spreading around the world.

    The solution is to get NATO to bomb the crap out of Monsanto, to obliterate them out of existance. If any of the executives survive, try them for war crimes against humanity.

    Why waste bombs on Iran, who have not threatened anyone, while these evil scumbags are allowed unimpeded to poison the people of the world.

    Why wait?

  • Crecencio Elenes

    crimes against humanity, our wealth is our health and the health of future generations, i suppose responsibility will be assumed when something really goes wrong, do we have laws for politicians and businessman that keep promoting this technology as the salvation for famine. Are they really worried about hunger by poor people? I tend to disagree just because this technology is for rich big business.

    But the solution is as easy as just don't buy this products. Don't buy it if you don't like it.

    • Anne Brandscheid

      Problem is, you are unable to tell if what you're eating is GM or not as there is no labelling laws to inform you of this….yet, maybe in the future?