Drought and SuperBugs Devastate U.S. Corn Crop


Suverans2's picture

Good to see someone posting news like this, Melinda L. Secor. As far as 'unintended consequences' -- We ain't seen nothin' yet! This is only the tip of the iceberg, as the saying goes. Thanks

“It turns out the widespread use of Roundup has led to the evolution of far-tougher-to-eradicate strains of weeds.” ~ Businessweek

    Which, of course, will mean the use of MORE herbicides made by...you guessed it, Monsanto, the maker of Roundup.

The Wall Street Journal reports that western corn rootworms are developing a resistance to crops genetically engineered with Bt to combat pests.

    Which, of course, will mean the use of MORE pesticides made by...well, you get the picture.

Rodale Institute’s Farming Systems Trial — ongoing for 30 years — has shown that, "Traditional plant breeding and farming methods have increased yields of major grain crops three to four times more than GM varieties despite huge investments of public and private dollars in biotech research."

Melinda L. Secor's picture

And then you have the human health aspects of GMO. They have been rushed to market without any long-term studies on health effects, and there is mounting evidence that there are, indeed, health effects to be concerned about.

Suverans2's picture

Yes, and the "human health aspects" are going to be much more difficult to document, I fear, because of all the other toxins introduced into our environment thanks to the "chemical revolution".

"The majority of the more than 2,000 chemicals that come onto the market every year do not go through even the simplest tests to determine toxicity." (My thanks to Enviro Woman)