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Old 12-15-2011, 05:22 PM   #1
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corn Insects Find Crack In Biotech Corn's Armor

Insects Find Crack In Biotech Corn's Armor
by Dan Charles
December 5, 2011 05:14 pm

Insects Find Crack In Biotech Corn's Armor : The Salt : NPR
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Hidden in the soil of Illinois and Iowa, a new generation of insect larvae appears to be munching happily on the roots of genetically engineered corn, according to scientists. It's bad news for corn farmers, who paid extra money for this line of corn, counting on the power of its inserted genes to kill those pests. It's also bad news for the biotech company Monsanto, which inserted the larvae-killing gene in the first place.

In fact, the gene's apparent failure, as reported in the journal PLoS One, may be the most serious threat to a genetically modified crop in the U.S. since farmers first started growing them 15 years ago. The economic impact could be...
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Default Monsanto Corn May Be Failing to Kill Bugs, EPA Says

Monsanto Corn May Be Failing to Kill Bugs, EPA Says
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By Jack Kaskey
Fri Dec 02 21:31:02 GMT 2011

Monsanto Corn May Be Failing to Kill Bugs, EPA Says - Bloomberg
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Monsanto Co. (MON) corn that’s genetically engineered to kill insects may be losing its effectiveness against rootworms in four states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said.

Rootworms in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Nebraska are suspected of developing tolerance to the plants’ insecticide, based on documented cases of severe crop damage and reports from entomologists, the EPA said in a memo dated Nov. 22 and posted Nov. 30 on a government website. Monsanto’s program for monitoring suspected cases of resistance is “inadequate,” the EPA said...
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