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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  • Anonymous

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

  • Redacted

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

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    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! 

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    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

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

  • Mamagriff50

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

  • Mamagriff50

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

  • Anonymous

    And now we have super bugs, awesome.

  • Investinourftre

    And now we have super bugs, awesome.

  • Wanooski

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

  • Anarchy Pony

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

  • Okarin

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

  • Okarin

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

  • Johnnyutah

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

    Resistance is futile…..long live Borg corn!

  • Johnnyutah

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

    Resistance is futile…..long live Borg corn!

  • Rex Vestri

    MUCK FONSANTO!

  • Rex Vestri

    MUCK FONSANTO!

    • Anarchy Pony

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

  • Wanooski

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

  • Haha

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

  • Haha

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

  • Jazzbonick

    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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