Is Bt corn really working?

By Wesley Allen, Professional Golf Management major

While this article seems to be one that trashes Bt corn I have a different opinion.  They label it as what could be a great failure. This is incorrect – I can’t see how one could say this.  These types of crops have worked wonders for the world and if used correctly would continue to.  The main reason that insects develop resistance to Bt crops is because of improper resistance management (and not inherently because of genetic engineering). There needs to be enough crops planted that are non-Bt in order to manage resistance.  Most farmers understand this and are doing this, but now companies are taking it into their own hands and mixing in non-Bt seeds with the Bt seeds so that the appropriate amount will be grown.  Bt corn has proven how well it works and it will continue to do so as long as we take the right precautions to make sure that insects to not develop resistance to Bt engineered crops.

Reference article: Monsanto decimates their credibility (Sept. 10, 2013)
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/09/10/monsanto-bt-corn.aspx

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This blog post was an assignment for  Societal Issues: Pesticides, Alternatives and the Environment (PLNTPTH 4597) and is a repost from August 14, 2014. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the class, Department of Plant Pathology or the instructor.

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