Thursday, July 20, 2006

Bugs loving GMO crops

Research teams in the United Kingdom and Venuezuela have discovered that insecticide-filled genetically-modified crops are toxic to humans but not to insects.

In fact, scientists at Imperial College in London and the Universidad Simon Rodrigues in Caracas found that insects were actually thriving on the inserted insecticide, comprising genes from a natural poison, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).

Apparently the constant exposure, as compared to periodic spraying, allows the insects to quickly adapt to the insectide.

A recent report by respected scientists in seven countries titled The Case for a GM-free Sustainable World, called for a ban on GM crops.