Barbara H. Peterson
Certain “news” sites tell us what we want to hear by subtly twisting the truth. Black is white and white is black. Just as long as they get hits and clicks and continue to make money, anything goes.
Headline – “US gov suggests limiting GM corn cultivation as failed experiment causes superpests to spread.” Sounds good, eh? Like the EPA is actually going to do something to limit the use of GM corn. NOT!!!!! The real story, straight from the EPA site is that this guidance is not to “limit” the use of GMO corn, but to “prolong the durability and effectiveness” of GMO corn. Big difference. It does not want to “limit” the use, it wants to better manage areas of resistance in order to expand its usage.
Quote from the EPA site: “These measures and others are designed to significantly delay corn rootworms from developing resistance to Bt pesticides genetically engineered into corn (a plant-incorporated protectant or PIP). The proposed framework would change the way farmers use Bt corn, in order to slow the development of resistance. Our goal is to prolong the durability and effectiveness of these plants to control the corn rootworm pest.
Use of PIP crops is one of the safest methods of insect control. If used properly, they greatly reduce the need for conventional pesticides and the risks they may present to human health and the environment. For these methods to continue to be available long into the future, it is essential that they remain effective. They must be managed properly to prevent insects from developing resistance to the natural proteins being expressed. EPA is committed to maintaining effective oversight of these products to preserve their substantial benefits to agriculture and the environment.”
Are you getting the picture? Don’t believe everything you see or hear, even it if comes from someone we “think” is “on our side.” That entity just might be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
©2016 Barbara H. Peterson