Eating This Could Turn Your Gut into a Living Pesticide Factory

Corn_borerDr. Mercola sounds the alarm on the latest unintended consequence of permitting genetically-modified organisms into the food supply:

A new generation of insect larvae is eating the roots of genetically engineered corn intended to be resistant to such pests. The failure of Monsanto’s genetically modified Bt corn could be the most serious threat ever to a genetically modified crop in the U.S.

And the economic impact could be huge. Billions of dollars are at stake, as Bt corn accounts for 65 percent of all corn grown in the US.

The strain of corn, engineered to kill the larvae of beetles, such as the corn rootworm, contains a gene copied from an insect-killing bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt.

But even though a scientific advisory panel warned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the threat of insects developing resistance was high, Monsanto argued that the steps necessary to prevent such an occurrence — which would have entailed less of the corn being planted — were an unnecessary precaution, and the EPA naively agreed.

According to a recent NPR report:

“The scientists who called for caution now are saying ‘I told you so,’ because there are signs that a new strain of resistant rootworms is emerging…[A] committee of experts at the EPA is now recommending that biotech companies put into action, for the first time, a ‘remedial action plan’ aimed at stopping the spread of such resistant insects …

[continues at Dr. Mercola]


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11 Comments on "Eating This Could Turn Your Gut into a Living Pesticide Factory"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | May 30, 2012 at 7:15 pm |

    Pretty amazing.

    What if one of these pesticide genes mutates one day into a form with a pernicious interaction with stomache bacteria?  People could end up starving to death with full bellies or need something resembling a C-section to pass a stool.

  2. Corn is a waste of energy. It isn’t a very nutritious crop, and the yield for biofuel is pathetic (when compared to hemp). As for the resistant bugs emerging, it simply allows Monsanto to create BT+. 

    •  monsanto is freakin creepy. I read a BBC article about how they sold seeds to farmers in india, these guys poured their life savings into buying them, and then it turned out that the seeds were specially engineered so that the next generation’s seeds would be infertile. The farmers, not knowing what the heck was wrong, went broke and often committed suicide, likely thinking that their gods cursed them or something.

  3. insufficiency | May 31, 2012 at 2:12 am |

    Everyone should hear what he and pliver gillie have to say about vitamin d

  4. insufficiency | May 31, 2012 at 2:13 am |

    Oliver gillie

  5. 6Blackie6 | May 31, 2012 at 5:57 am |

    I keep asking myself “What will it take before we re-assess GMO crops?”
    I guess the end of humanity as we know it should do the trick!

    Bet you ten bucks the CEO and Execs at Monsanto don’t eat that stuff.

  6. What’s with the bizarre headline? This article excerpt says NOTHING about your gut becoming a pesticide factory. It doesn’t even contain the word “gut” or “pesticide.”

  7. “Life finds a way”.

    If there is a food resource something will, sooner or later, begin to exploit it. This is why they were warned insects could develop resistance – its natural selection.

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