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Gucciardi writes: "What will be the end of Monsanto? Could it be lawsuits, new legislation, or perhaps even a tiny insect that is less than 0.10 mm in length."

Western corn rootworm larvae feed on root hairs and small roots. They have developed a resistance to Monsanto's biopesticide known as Bt
Western corn rootworm larvae feed on root hairs and small roots. They have developed a resistance to Monsanto's biopesticide known as Bt



Nature May Soon Overcome Monsanto

By Anthony Gucciardi, Natural Society

30 June 12

 

hat will be the end of Monsanto? Could it be lawsuits, new legislation, or perhaps even a tiny insect that is less than 0.10 mm in length. A new report reveals that rootworms may ultimately be what ends Monsanto's crops, despite the biotech giant's rampant success within the United States legislative system. Amazingly, western corn rootworms have virtually no problem gobbling up Monsanto's modified maize crop, as they have developed a serious resistance to the very crops designed to kill them. So much so that these little critters are outpacing Monsanto's top scientists.

To make matters worse for the company, the resistant rootworms are maturing earlier than expected this year. And with the enhanced growth has come enhanced birth rates, with the bug's larvae hatching the earliest in decades. Monsanto, of course, is absolutely defenseless against the resistant rootworms which have adapted to their biopesticide known as Bt. At least 8 populations of insects have developed resistance, with 2 populations resistant to Bt sprays and at least 6 species resistant to Bt crops as a whole. The answer? Use even more intelligence-crushing pesticides.

Rootworms, Nature Overcome Monsanto's GMO Crops

It is for this reason that the EPA has warned in the past that Monsanto's crops will soon be ravaged by the insects. In their report on the subject, the EPA states:

"Monsanto's program for monitoring suspected cases of resistance is 'inadequate.'"

The statements have been reinforced by another group of concerned scientists. A body of 22 academic corn experts voiced serious concerns over GMO crop failures back in March, warning that a collapse of the GMO corn industry may soon follow - a particularly mighty prediction when considering that 94 percent of the US supply is currently of the genetically modified variety. It is also important to consider that much of the corn is not used for food, but for biodiesel purposes.

Will nature adapt to Monsanto's genetically modified creations and lead to their downfall in the end? Time and time again researchers and agricultural professionals have been calling upon Monsanto and the United States government to return to traditional and sustainable farming practices - even citing the fact that Monsanto's GMOs produce even less yield. Instead, the modified crops have overtaken much of the food supply. Now, in the face of collapse, the only answer provided by Monsanto is to drench crops in even more pesticides and modify their genetic coding to an even greater degree.

 

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+141 # KrazyFromPolitics 2012-06-30 22:48
Witnessing the demise of Monsanto would be a wonderful way to signal the unraveling of of vulture corporation/cap italism. I have become too cynical to have much faith in seeing this happen. Too many unethical lawyers and scientists.
 
 
+53 # Erdajean 2012-07-01 08:13
Nothing is more sure, in this universe, than that when we mess with nature until we get its attention, we are going to get clobbered. The "dominionists" who preach Use Up and Destroy -- as some half-wit preacher has "interpreted" the Bible -- are about to get stomped on.

The problem is, these idiots HAVE just about gained control of America, so their stupidity will take those of us who protest, warn and fight like crazy down with them.

Unless, by the grace of God, a little worm shall lead us. One more problem, though -- that little worm has got to learn the difference in BAD Crops, and those we need to survive. No easy row ahead -- but some of us DO love this development, just the same.
 
 
+72 # AMLLLLL 2012-06-30 22:57
Talk about sh$%^&ng where you eat!
 
 
+46 # Thebigkate 2012-06-30 23:01
Monsanto does not get it. Big money never does. They will just keep manufacturing more lethal pesticides, further endangering the lives, not only of pests, but of humans and domestic animals!

What has to happen for America to understand that we can NEVER defeat Mother Nature? Not even with billions spent on "bigger and better" pesticides (and, FYI, candidates)!!
 
 
+69 # Pancho 2012-07-01 01:34
I hope those insects have good lawyers. Montsanto is known to sue any one or anything that bugs them.
 
 
+10 # PaineRad 2012-07-01 03:49
Corn is not used for biodiesel at all. A relatively small percentage is used to make ethanol. But technology is quickly overtaking corn-based ethanol. Cellulosic material (garbage and agricultural and logging waste should quickly overtake and make corn obsolete as a feed stock for ethanol production).
 
 
+11 # CreativeBlue 2012-07-01 20:53
I think the author misspoke, citing biodiesel, he probably meant ethanol, of which some 23-30% of the U.S. crop is devoted, which is hardly a "relatively small percentage." California, just to name one state, mandates it's use in pump gasoline, to help regulate smog.

Across the planet, about 45-50& of corn crops are used for ethanol. Brazil devotes some 51% of its crop to ethanol.

In short, the destruction of a major portion of the corn crop would put some serious hurt on a lot of people.
 
 
+41 # Ralph Averill 2012-07-01 05:14
The evolution of bugs and bacteria will always outpace the evolution of artificial methods of killing them.
Adios, Monsanto.
 
 
+26 # isafakir 2012-07-01 06:24
grab the cash and run. wall street's business plan in every industry from creches to prisons, from agroindustry to death care. it is the same short term high payoff long term disaster too big to jail business plan. enron on testosterone.
 
 
+62 # isafakir 2012-07-01 06:26
god willing monsanto collapses before the world ecosystem
 
 
+25 # Mrcead 2012-07-01 07:25
You can't legislate evolution or reality. $10 says Monsanto's lawyers have considered suing the rootworm community.
 
 
+24 # ayfkm? 2012-07-01 08:31
Looks like corn, smells like corn, tastes like corn....but to your digestive system it might as well be kitty litter. Thus is the ever increasing rate of gastro esophageal reflux disorder (GERD) in people. To attempt to digest this junk the body needs to add more and more acid to the system to break it down. That extra acid burns the inside of the throat, scarring it. Good times!!!
 
 
+33 # p.Billy 2012-07-01 08:41
It couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of SOB's!
 
 
+13 # elewhale 2012-07-01 08:41
opps! Is this bug eating non-Monsanto crops as well?
 
 
+30 # elewhale 2012-07-01 08:45
You know, Monsanto really deserves this. Think of all the ways you could modify crops to benefit human kind. Higher protein, more calcium and certain vitamins. God, what a waste!!
 
 
+24 # reiverpacific 2012-07-01 08:59
They will learn the hard way that nature has defenses we haven't begun to understand but would be wise to observe without meddling if our species is capable of that.
It's just a pity that the likes of Monsteranto does so much global damage during it's attempts to upset the natural balance.
Of course, it's always had it's own Rootworms in the form of it's vast staff of lawyers and lobbyists -formerly know more realistically as "Burrowers" to chew away at US lawmaker who are their natural allies.
May they all be brutally reminded of their corrupted, rotted roots before they sink into the mire of their own making.
 
 
+33 # jlg 2012-07-01 09:27
It's interesting to consider how much of a mess will be left behind to be 'cleaned-up' (with public money, of course). Rather horrific, actually, for humankind as well as nature.
 
 
+6 # MendoChuck 2012-07-01 10:19
Upward and Onward Through The Fog We Go!
 
 
+8 # jerryball 2012-07-01 11:09
The height of vanity is to rise above God? Those that live by the sword, die by the sword.... Maybe they'll hire scores of lawyers that'll eat the bugs instead of farmers' bank accounts when their Frankencrops invade an innocent's field?
 
 
+24 # James38 2012-07-01 11:13
Whie some genetic modifications are useful, and modify or compliment natural processes, the Monsanto idea of toxin development and use of pesticides is totally destructive. That comes from an unnecessary, ignorant, and foolish separation of human consciousness from nature. That lack of connection with nature allows the goal of making money to take precedence over essential respect and understanding of the intricate blending of our bodies with the entire global ecosystem. We are not separate entities.

The latest research into the "Human Biome" shows clearly that our bodies are a cooperative blend of bacteria and human cells, and that we are truly part of our environment. There is no clear boundary between our bodys and the world.

This means that all toxins injected into the environment will negatively affect all life in a cascade of influence and distortion. This extends from fracking, (which is just as bad as injecting poison into the circulatory system of our bodies, since water reservoirs, underground and surface streams and rivers, and the oceans are all part of the Earth's circulatory system), to spraying herbicides and insecticides on the surface, to the use of toxic cleaning products, industrial waste, plastics in the ocean and on and on.

(Continued)
 
 
-3 # ericlipps 2012-07-02 15:03
So why are any of us still alive?
 
 
+3 # James38 2012-07-03 15:42
That is not at all the right question. Obviously the human body and other life forms are quite resistant to toxins and disease. In our case, more exposure to natural bacteria results in a stronger immune system.

The better question is why has there been such an increase in cancer, auto-immune diseases, diabetes, and many other problems? Indeed many people have died before their expected lifespan, and health in general is negatively affected by unnecessary and toxic changes to the environment. Death is only one of the negative results. More sickness and less vigorous life is also bad. If we clean up our environment, we will then see an increase in survival as well as a general improvement in health and well-being.

The biggest problem is dealing with global warming and Climate Change, and those problems are a threat to all life on the planet. Our ignorant polluting of the planet has negative effects on all levels.
 
 
0 # newsmom 2012-07-04 01:58
Quoting ericlipps:
So why are any of us still alive?

maybe because miracles really do happen...
 
 
+14 # James38 2012-07-01 11:22
Human activities have become so divorced from nature that our effect on the environment is destructive to the point of endangering ourselves and the entire network of life on the planet.

Global warming and resulting Climate Change on the largest scale, and the poisoning of local and regional ecosystems on the "smaller" scale are adding up to a record of disastrously dangerous foolishness that is unequaled in human history.

In England the people have become so alarmed at the dangers of GMO processes that they take action, uprooting fields of GMO plants before they can mature. While in some cases this may be "throwing the baby out with the bathwater", it clearly shows that we do not have to be afraid or accepting of dangerous practices and experiments.

This is an excellent article, since we all must become more informed about the dangers of Monsanto and similar companies so we can know where to draw the line. We must begin to protect ourselves and our planet from ourselves, or we will have no future at all, or at "best" a future of death and misery for most humans and other life.

We still have time to prevent the worst of the disasters, but the time is running out. Every year we fail to stop burning fossil fuels, for example, guarantees further destruction of our potential to survive.
 
 
+15 # panhead49 2012-07-01 12:14
Mother Nature - when Momma ain't happy, nobody happy. Congrats humanity, you've chased your tail and caught it - now what?
 
 
+17 # Mrcead 2012-07-01 12:21
Well look at that. Even nature itself is opposed to profit mongering corporations like Monsanto. There is a very good lesson in nature and that lesson is about striking a balance with it.

There is a reason why mega corporations have to spend so much money buying politicians, contributing to campaigns, hiring teams of lawyers and any other ridiculous expense one can think of just to survive - it's unnatural for such an entity to exist in nature. Let loose the corporate rootworms.
 
 
+1 # Timaloha 2012-07-01 17:07
Be careful what you wish for. Bt (Baccillus thuringiensis) is a naturally-occur ring, organic bacterium and is not toxic to humans or livestock. This may lead to a synthetic chemical replacement insecticide that is much more toxic.
 
 
+12 # oakes721 2012-07-01 20:05
Monsanto has demonstrated that they can plant evidence, sprout lawsuits, cultivate invertebrate politicians, irrigate the Constitution and harvest judicial favors all in a row ~ but defies the basic laws of Nature: DIVERSITY is our best guarantee for the world food supply.
 
 
+21 # granny6 2012-07-01 20:33
I have used integrated pest management for years, that is when you encourage good bugs and let them take care of the bad bugs for you. I plant all kinds of plants to attract them. They do double duty, attract beneficial insects please me with beautiful flowers too. You can't beat Ma Nature. This summer she is really t'd off.
 
 
+10 # soularddave 2012-07-01 22:03
It seems like the corn will be already cooked when it's time to harvest. 10 days in a row above 100 isn't my idea of normal. Last rain was a month ago and it barely wet the sidewalk.

"Something is happening, but you don't know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones."
-Bob Dylan
 
 
+6 # brux 2012-07-02 00:48
This is really scary, with all our pride and arrogance we do not know everything about nature at all. We can screw it up and kill it, but we cannot control it.
 
 
+6 # Kev C 2012-07-02 05:40
This entire problem of corporate control of nature sounds like the story line from Margaret Atwood's works of fiction 'Oryx and Crake' and 'The Year of the Flood' both of which make frightening reading. Not for the faint hearted but remarkably like the end result of our tinkerings here and now. Funny how the corporations were suspected of deliberately introducing epidemics and pandemics to further their profits from drug sales in the books. Wonder if there isn't some truth in that today? H1N5 mutated in the lab 'Just to see if it would become a human transmissible virus' Yeah right! Just an experiment you understand. Hence the vaccine industries interest. Like the food with added genes. Safe is it? Where is the proof?
Nature understands more than humans do and is more aware of the threats than we ever will be.
 
 
0 # raquelphillips10 2012-07-02 19:34
How astonishing is it that entire species' have developed because of our use of chemicals?
 
 
+6 # Innocent Victim 2012-07-02 22:30
Three cheers for the little bugs! May they multiply and prosper feasting on Monsanto's fat rump!
 
 
+2 # newsmom 2012-07-04 02:05
Quoting Innocent Victim:
Three cheers for the little bugs! May they multiply and prosper feasting on Monsanto's fat rump!

and may monsanto read all of these comments and know that there are more and more people watching -- and avoiding their products.
 
 
+1 # GMO Free USA 2012-07-09 07:06
There's another way you can fight the evil beast. I recently started GMO Free USA, a grassroots consumer email initiative. We will take this issue directly to food manufacturers once we reach 5000 members. We'll select one food manufacturer a week and bombard them with individual emails. We'll tell them we're boycotting their products until they stop using GMOs. For more information about this initiative and how to join, read this article by Organic Consumers:

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_25635.cfm

Hope you'll join us!
 
 
+2 # carolsj 2012-07-09 11:51
Remember that old saying--You can't fool mother nature! We can not defeat nature. We can only cooperate with it. It will prevail in the end, by starving us, flooding, drying, burning, roasting, sickening or blowing us away. Science needs to be used to make nature-friendly technology, not nature-defeatin g. We don't need to fight Monsanto. Nature will do it much more effectively and nature can't be bought off.
 

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