Genetically Modified Corn Produces Pesticides


This article from Natural News is extremely interesting and important that we all read, so we can be educated about how damaging to our rivers, streams and ultimately to our own bodies all genetically modified crops/foods are.

That is why my huge backyard is full right now with carrots, lettuce and radishes. I am getting ready the soil to plant next month all my seeds, including tomatoes, squash, green beans, white and yellow corn, natural corn, delicious and free of pesticides.

(NaturalNews) Corn plants genetically modified (GM) to produce pesticides in their tissues are contaminating water supplies across the US Midwest, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

The study was conducted on corn engineered to carry a gene from the Bacillus thuriengensis (Bt) bacteria that produces an insecticidal protein, Cry1Ab. The researchers tested 217 Indiana streams for traces of Cry1Ab, and pesticide the chemical in 13 percent of them. Every contaminated stream was within 500 meters (1,600 feet) of a corn field.

In the Midwestern “Corn Belt” states of Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, 90 percent of streams and rivers are within 500 meters of a corn field. This amounts to 159,000 miles worth of waterways at risk from Bt corn contamination.

Eighty-six percent of the streams tested in the study contained corn cobs, husks, leaves or stalks.

“Our research adds to the growing body of evidence that corn crop byproducts can be dispersed throughout a stream network, and that the compounds associated with genetically modified crops, such as insecticidal proteins, can enter nearby water bodies,” said researcher Emma Rosi-Marshall.

Although this study is among the first to show that the tissues of GM crops can harm the environment after the plant has died, other dangers of GM agriculture have already been well established.

“Genes from genetically modified plants have already been shown to be capable of escaping into the environment and contaminating natural crops,” write Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno in their book The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods.

“Manipulating genetic material changes the expression of proteins and antigens in foods, a situation that could lead to allergic reactions. … Another concern is that some GM foods, such as GM corn, are being manipulated to resist synthetic pesticides. As a result, more of the pesticide is being used and humans’ exposure to toxic pesticides is actually increasing while insects develop resistance to the pesticides’ toxic effects.”

NaturalNews.com

About Dra Martha Castro Médico WMA
I live in the Cycling Universe, Science World and Freedom Home, Mexico Brief biography: I am a Medical Doctor and General Surgeon. I specialize in difficult medical and clinical diagnostics. I subspecialize in Ischemic Cardiopathy. I am a Certified Medical Doctor by the World Medical Asociation. I have been practicing medical science for 28 years. In my private life I am a competitive amateur cyclist, animal lover, acoustic guitar player and song writer. My legs keep the wheels turning, my spirit keeps me going....AND MY BRAIN KEEPS ME BALANCED!

3 Responses to Genetically Modified Corn Produces Pesticides

  1. GM crops are crap and terribly bad for the human body. We'll see nerve damage and probably problems with fertility in the next 10 years.

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  2. longhairdude says:

    Two reasons to start your own vegetable garden: Genetically modified produce and food shortages. Several countries have rice export bans (like Iran, Egypt, Japan, Vietnam, some types in India etc.) There has been flooding in several countries.The coming potential hyper-inflation…. It doesn't matter how they paint this, it is going to be a tough year. I'm going to eat a lot of sandwiches now, bye.

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  3. Expat Jane says:

    Good for you, Doc. I also have my backyard full with crispy lettuce but pretty much the rest of the soil is empty now. I'm getting it ready for Feb-Mar planting.GM crops are going to hurt a lot of people….in the US and any other country that allows such criminality. Mexican farmers opposite…and I live in La Paz, BCS, HA!

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