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Ban Monsanto’s GMO Insecticide-Producing Crops! Join 22 Scientists Who Ask the EPA to Act With "Urgency"

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In a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 22 of the nation’s top experts on corn pests are asking for urgent action to address the failure of Monsanto’s genetically engineered insecticide-producing Bt crops.

In several different places across the corn belt, corn rootworms have developed resistance to an inserted gene that is supposed to kill them. Now, in order to slow down or prevent the spread of resistance, the researchers want seed companies to give farmers a non-GMO option and stop routinely inserting insecticide-producing genes into all of their most productive seed lines. According to the letter, Monsanto has left farmers with "few options" – even in some areas where rootworms don’t pose a serious problem. The researchers are calling on farmers in some parts of the country to stop planting corn with insecticide-producing genes altogether, or to plant such corn only intermittently.

While these are practical suggestions for farmers, there’s another issue with the over-use of Monsanto’s insectide-producing GMO crops. Those of us who eat them are being exposed to the insecticide-producing Bt gene.

The insecticide-producing Bt gene has been detected in the blood of pregnant women, their fetuses and non-pregnant women who ate typical diets.

Health concerns have caused seven countries in the European Union, Austria, Hungary, Greece, France, Luxembourg, Germany and Bulgaria, to ban Monsanto’s Bt crops. New scientific research revealing the health risks of Bt crops has spurred France and Germany to seek an E.U.-wide ban. The new research follows up on a Monsanto study where rats fed the corn showed evidence of liver and kidney toxicity, providing evidence that the engineered Bt gene actually kills human cells. Meanwhile, in the U.S., we continue to be treated as lab rats. If you care about the future of agriculture and the protection of human health, please write to the EPA today, demanding a total ban on insecticide-producing GMO crops.

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