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Nature herself may be the best opponent of genetically modified crops and pesticides. Not only plants, but insects are also developing resistance. The Western rootworm beetle – one of the most serious threats to corn – has developed resistance to Monsanto’s Bt-corn, and entire crops are being lost. [Image]
Farmers from several Midwest states began reporting root damage to corn that was specifically engineered with a toxin to kill the rootworm. Iowa State University entomologist Aaron Gassmann recently confirmed that the beetle, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera, has developed resista
Originally posted by haarvik
Sometimes mother nature has the best laugh! You would think these "scientists" would know by now that nature will find a way. Nature is more powerful than we are, and nature will survive. How many times must insects or bacteria adapt to our ever changing methods of trying to control nature before we finally "get it". We are not meant to control nature, but to live in harmony with it. I am not a tree hugger by any stretch, but I do think we have tampered with nature way too much and sooner or later it is going to catch up with us. We will lose.
Originally posted by TheLoony
Let me see if I've got this straight. We just created a beetle that eats corn and is impervious to roundup.
So how are they proposing to stop this beetle from eating all the corn it wants to? The way I see it we just made this beetle much stronger than nature intended it to be.
Maybe I'm just seeing this wrongly but it doesn't sound good, except for the killing of Monsanto products, that's always a good thing.
Originally posted by Hellhound604
reply to post by butcherguy
I wonder why some of these GM companies are so mindless. A couple of years ago (well for me anyway) I studied botany, and I had a couple of Monsato-employees in the same class. After a couple of days, in a BS-session, I asked them if they have managed to engineer their "FrankenCorn" to walk yet, and I explained all the advantages of having walkable corn to them, f.ex, the corn can walk to wetter areas, etc, and they looked at me as though I was mad. A couple of days later, one of my professors (who was with me at university many years before, when I was young, and a full time student), freaked all out about GM plants, and he highlighted resistance-forming, destruction of natural enemies, etc, etc. The Monsato guys just looked at the prof with blank eyes, and never could get it. You might call them scientists, but I don't.
edit on 26/8/2011 by Hellhound604 because: (no reason given)