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Biotech Science

Overuse of Bioengineered Corn Gives Rise To Resistant Pests 259

Posted by Soulskill
from the navigating-the-biotech-maize dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Though warned by scientists that overuse of a variety of corn engineered to be toxic to corn rootworms would eventually breed rootworms with resistance to its engineered toxicity, the agricultural industry went ahead and overused the corn anyway with little EPA intervention. The corn was planted in 1996. The first reports of rootworm resistance were officially documented in 2011, though agricultural scientists weren't allowed by seed companies to study the engineered corn until 2010. Now, a recent study has clearly shown how the rootworms have successfully adapted to the engineered corn. The corn's continued over-use is predicted, given current trends, and as resistance eventually spreads to the whole rootworm population, farmers will be forced to start using pesticides once more, thus negating the economic benefits of the engineered corn. 'Rootworm resistance was expected from the outset, but the Bt seed industry, seeking to maximize short-term profits, ignored outside scientists.'"
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Overuse of Bioengineered Corn Gives Rise To Resistant Pests

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 19, 2014 @05:19AM (#46522695)

    I wonder when will we learn that fighting the Nature is not the best path to survival.

  • Re:Nothing new (Score:5, Informative)

    by hibiki_r (649814) on Wednesday March 19, 2014 @08:51AM (#46523365)

    Yep, it's called refuge. And that's why you will find, today, that the recommendation is to do exactly as you say. You'll even find Monsanto, BASF and Pioneer telling you to do that, and even selling the seeds for both. If you find a farmer that doesn't know that, he's not paying attention.

    Now, good luck finding people that know this unless they have farmers or agronomists in the family.

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