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Inscientists examined 13 major pests and found that five were immune to the poisons genetically bred into GM plants like Bt corn and Bt cotton. As a result farmers are forced to use even more chemicals to combat these superweeds. According to the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Sciences EuropeGM crops cause herbicide use to increase 25 percent per year.
What sometimes confuses people and the data, however, is that farmers may actually experience a lower need for chemicals in the first few years of growing a GM crop. Yet, once the pests and weeds develop immunity, farmers have little choice except to spray ever-increasing amounts of herbicides and pesticides—effectively raising their own operating costs and pollution levels.
Unfortunately, the methods GMO companies use to pest-proof their crops is also suspected to kill vital beneficial bugs, like bees and butterflies. This is because insect pollination supports one-third of food crops with honeybees responsible for 80 percent of that number. Thus, instead of solving food shortage problems, GM foods may actually make things much, much worse.
Why are GMO producers allowed to grow their butterfly and bee-killing crops? Just as one study proves GM crops are the problem another study is released claiming they are totally safe.
Meanwhile, honeybees continue to decline at a rate of 30 percent per year and butterfly populations have reached an all-time low. Sadly, GMO companies like Monsanto take this last step away from farmers and raise expenses even further by forcing the farmers to continually buy the premium-priced GM seeds every growing season.
In fact, as was shown in the Bowman v. Monsanto court case, it is illegal in the US for someone growing a Monsanto crop to harvest the seeds and use them later.
The Bowman case went all the way to the Supreme Court and, despite public outcry, the year-old farmer was unanimously found guilty of patent infringement after he purchased and used second generation Monsanto seeds. Currently, just three mega companies control over half of the global seed market, which has caused prices to skyrocket.
For example, the average price of planting an acre of soybeans has gone up percent since What happens to a farmer who, from cross-pollination, unintentionally grows a Monsanto plant?
While Monsanto has never sued anyone for having trace amounts of non-purchased GMOs in their fields, they have sued farmers who claimed to be growing large amounts of patented crops by accident. For instance, Percy Schmeiser, a year-old Canadian canola farmer, was sued by Monsanto when it was discovered a majority of his crop contained the patented Roundup Ready gene.
So, if a farmer plants a Monsanto seed that was randomly mixed in with the rest of the bag and later harvests more seeds from the plant, he can be sued for not paying royalties to the GMO giant. This is exactly what happened to Vernon Bowman in the Bowman v.
If the monsoon fails, so does their livelihood.
For this reason and a myriad of other socio-economic challenges, suicide numbers among Indian farmers are staggeringly high about 1, per month.
Despite there being oversuicides since the introduction of GM crops in India, and, as reported in a New York Times article, the ridiculously high prices of seeds and pesticides are causing farmers to make less money than ever. Additionally, as pests and weeds become increasingly immune to insecticides, farmers have to spend more and more money on chemicals.
It blames GMOs for the current rash of suicides among cotton farmers. This is likely what has led to the resurgence of the bollworm in India as the bug has become unaffected by Bt cotton, which was supposed to be bollworm-proof.
Additionally, while 64 countries—including China and the European Union—require labeling of genetically engineered foods, the United States the largest producer of GM crops still has no such laws.
On top of that, many farm animals are consuming these engineered foods and passing them along in their meat. This makes it hard to trust the FDA when they say GM foods pose no other risks than their natural counterparts. Maintaining biodiversity is important since every living thing plays a pivotal role in the circle of life we currently enjoy.
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