Monsanto Corn Falls to Illinois Bugs

Tom Philpott writes in Mother Jones:

As the summer growing season draws to a close, 2011 is emerging as the year of the super-insect — the year pests officially developed resistance to Monsanto’s genetically engineered (ostensibly) bug-killing corn.

While the revelation has given rise to alarming headlines, neither Monsanto nor the EPA, which regulates pesticides and pesticide-infused crops, can credibly claim surprise. Scientists have been warning that the EPA’s rules for planting the crop were too lax to prevent resistance since before the agency approved the crop in 2003. And in 2008, research funded by Monsanto itself showed that resistance was an obvious danger.

And now those unheeded warnings are proving prescient. In late July, as I reported recently, scientists in Iowa documented the existence of corn rootworms (a ravenous pest that attacks the roots of corn plants) that can happily devour corn plants that were genetically tweaked specifically to kill them. Monsanto’s corn, engineered to express a toxic gene from a bacterial insecticide called Bt, now accounts for 65 percent of the corn planted in the US

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22 Comments on "Monsanto Corn Falls to Illinois Bugs"

  1. Anonymous | Sep 22, 2011 at 6:33 am |

    This proves that Jesus made the bugs immune to these plants just to troll Scientists.

  2. This proves that Jesus made the bugs immune to these plants just to troll Scientists.

  3. Clearly we need to just tinker with the genes to keep them from being edible to ANY predators…. The plants should immediately kill anything that consumes them. That’ll show them bugs! 

  4. Clearly we need to just tinker with the genes to keep them from being edible to ANY predators…. The plants should immediately kill anything that consumes them. That’ll show them bugs! 

    • Jazzbonick | Sep 26, 2011 at 6:28 am |

      Hey, that’s a cool idea. Did you really mean ANY predators, like cows sheep and humans. That leaves us all fisheaters

  5. Mamagriff50 | Sep 22, 2011 at 10:19 am |

    it’s a sad day when money talks [has been], and sensibility takes a walk…..

  6. Mamagriff50 | Sep 22, 2011 at 6:19 am |

    it’s a sad day when money talks [has been], and sensibility takes a walk…..

  7. Anonymous | Sep 22, 2011 at 3:14 pm |

    And now we have super bugs, awesome.

  8. Investinourftre | Sep 22, 2011 at 11:14 am |

    And now we have super bugs, awesome.

  9. Totally, GM foods are a great idea, representing the food security of mankind going into the future. /sarcasm

  10. Anarchy Pony | Sep 22, 2011 at 12:29 pm |

    Totally, GM foods are a great idea, representing the food security of mankind going into the future. /sarcasm

  11. in man vs mother nature the man doesn’t know who he’s dealing with

  12. in man vs mother nature the man doesn’t know who he’s dealing with

  13. Johnnyutah | Sep 22, 2011 at 9:12 pm |

    “Monsanto itself showed that resistance was an obvious danger.”

    Resistance is futile…..long live Borg corn!

  14. Johnnyutah | Sep 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm |

    “Monsanto itself showed that resistance was an obvious danger.”

    Resistance is futile…..long live Borg corn!

  15. Rex Vestri | Sep 22, 2011 at 9:27 pm |

    MUCK FONSANTO!

  16. Rex Vestri | Sep 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm |

    MUCK FONSANTO!

  17. You know, you can say fuck here. Nobody will tell.

  18. Haha, I hope Monsanto goes out of business ***fingers crossed***

  19. Haha, I hope Monsanto goes out of business ***fingers crossed***

  20. Jazzbonick | Sep 26, 2011 at 10:28 am |

    Hey, that’s a cool idea. Did you really mean ANY predators, like cows sheep and humans. That leaves us all fisheaters

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