Monday, October 13, 2014

Herbicide and Insecticide Use on GMO Crops Is Skyrocketing, and Rubber-Stamped Approvals Now Usher in Next-Gen GMOs

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Mercola | Oct 12, 2014 | Dr. Mercola
A recent Huffington Post1 article penned by David Bronner, President of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, highlights the dire problems we face as pesticide use on genetically engineered crops continue to rise.

It’s quite shocking to realize that the way we grow food in the US, as well as many other regions of the world, is producing a toxic legacy that our descendants will undoubtedly struggle with as time goes on.

Land, waterways, and food itself is becoming increasingly toxic, thanks to the seemingly unlimited greed of chemical technology companies.

Mr. Bronner offers a summary of Dr. Ramon J. Seidler’s paper “Pesticide Use on Genetically Engineered Crops.”2 Dr. Seidler, Ph.D. is a former Senior Scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and he doesn’t toe the line when discussing the hazards of genetically engineered organisms (GMOs).

According to Bronner, Dr. Seidler’s paper “should be required reading for all journalists covering GMOs, as well as for citizens generally to understand why their right to know if food is genetically engineered is so important. “
Use of Toxic Chemicals on GMO Crops Is Skyrocketing
There are two major categories of genetically engineered (GE) crops: those engineered to withstand high amounts of herbicide, such as Monsanto’s Roundup-Ready varieties, and those engineered to produce their own internal insecticide (Bt crops).

These two categories account for more than 99 percent of all acreage dedicated to GE crops in the US. Their widespread use has led to a phenomenal resistance problem—so-called “super weeds” and increasingly resistant pests are rapidly spreading and wreaking havoc across American farmland.

From the very beginning, this seemed like an inevitable outcome even for non-scientists, yet for the longest time the chemical technology industry insisted that resistance would not occur.

Well, we now know they either didn’t know what they were talking about, or they purposely fashioned a lie to keep their business growing...

Regardless, the end result is that farmers have been forced to apply even more, and more toxic, chemicals to their crops just to keep pace with growing chemical resistance.
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