Market Musings

Corn crop threat? Or does this threaten the long term future of GMO?

On Friday, the local newspaper reported on an interesting problem that is getting to be a concern in the corn belt.  According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, farmers in several states found that the western corn rootworm – a major crop pest that has the potential to seriously reduce yields – was surviving after ingesting an insecticidal toxin produced by the corn plants.  The gene to produce this toxin was engineered into the GMO corn by Monsanto and launched in 2003. 

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