In 2003, Monsanto debuted corn seeds with a gene—Bt—that generates pest-killing toxins designed to resist the ravages of rootworm. Soil insecticide use cratered as a result, with only 9% of corn acreage nationwide treated with it in 2010, down from 25% in 2005. But then things started to change: In 2011, scientists discovered rootworms with Bt resistance, and now pesticide makers say sales are once again booming. In the case of Syngenta, sales of its corn insecticide more than doubled last year; American Vanguard, which the Wall Street Journal reports has been acquiring insecticide companies based on the belief that just such resistance would come to pass, saw a 41% rise in insecticide sales in Q1.
The evidence continues to mount against genetically modified organisms, in terms of why they are harming our food supply and how much damage they are causing to humans in general.
Isn’t it time the EPA listened to the science and not the insecticide manufacturer?
Pesticide chemicals are usually derived from petroleum, and some of them are based on fluoride. Pesticides are, of course, sprayed on crops to kill insects. But an overwhelming mountain of scientific research shows that pesticides remain intact on foods, and when they're consumed by humans they cause devastating diseases such as:
Risk from neonicotinoids is 'not acceptable' and EU must limit use to winter crops, says charity