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Old 03-02-2011, 02:43 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by Gloria View Post
Whatever else is said I can not lose sight of the fact that many GMOS are created so that more herbicides may be used

From Lords of the Harvest (Charles, 2002, Amazon.com: Lords Of The Harvest: Biotech, Big Money, And The Future Of Food (9780738207735): Dan Charles: Books ):

"The Bt gene in both cases eliminated substantial spraying of insecticides. ... Commercial growers of sweet corn normally spray their fields with insectides five or six times during a growing season. Bt sweet corn, by contrast, requires only one spraying."

Roundup-ready products may reduce the variety and toxicity of herbicides sprayed.

I'm not a fan, but I don't think GMOs necessarily increase pesticide use.
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