Turn of the Worm

 

 

The chemicals used on GMO crops, along with the modifications made to their basic structure, have created an explosion in pesticide resistant bugs. The use of genetically modified crops, corn specifically, has now engendered a novel pesticide-resistant rootworm.

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has taken note of the disturbing turn of the worm, and is now expected, so they say, to begin to set limits on the amount of genetically modified corn that can be grown in the U.S. With the current U.S. political climate in such toxic condition this fight to limit GMO crops must remain at the root of our attention.

Ironically, it was the government’s own farm subsidies that were the root cause of these  resistant root worms. Over the past five years, the US Farm Bill distributed funneled $42 billion tax dollars, mainly in the form of direct payments or subsidized crop insurance to big commodity farmers that grow monocultured GMO crops such as corn, wheat, and soy which they use to make low-value high-profit food-products and to be used as animal fodder.

These mega-crop subsidies not only hurt the economy by adding billions to its national debt, they also incentivized the overproduction of crops that U.S. health experts already know are not sustaining the health of the nation.

 

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