The Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) 50 page review on the harm of #GMOs is now freely available online: Ban GMOs Now due to Health & Environmental Hazards Especially in the Light of the New Genetics.
Bt (GMO) crops’ claim to reduce pesticide use is based on excluding the Bt produced in the crops in total ‘pesticides applied’; but the Bt toxins leach from the plants and persist in soil and water, with negative impacts on health and the ecosystem comparable to conventional pesticides. Fungicide use and insecticide treatment of corn and soybean have gone up dramatically since the introduction of Bt crops.
The breakdown of Bt traits due to target pest resistance and secondary pests has resulted in increasing use of conventional pesticides; and pesticide companies are reporting 5 to 50% increase in sales for 2012 and the first quarter of 2013.
Contrary to industry’s claim that Bt…
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