Mexico considers GMO’s in light of heavy pesticide use

Back in 2013, a study was retracted in the peer reviewed journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. The findings in the report that was found to have insufficient evidence and the methodology behind the research was also lacking to warrant examination of the link made by researchers to genetically modified corn and cancer in rats.

As part of the study’s research, rodents were fed Roundup Ready corn, a genetically modified strain made by Monsanto to be resistant to Roundup herbicide. Usage of this pesticide would enable farmers to spray their crops in order to kill weeds without affecting the corn. Scientists who participated in the study stated that rats fed the Roundup Ready corn experienced cancer tumor growth. A review of their findings determined the rats fed the corn were of species predisposed to cancer and not enough of them were tested to warrant any clear findings.

Now, a similar brand of corn is being looked at for cultivation in Mexico. According to Science World Report, researchers there have determined that Bt hybrids which are a genetically modified, insect resistant version of maize would reduce crop and environmental risks involving pesticide use. Presently, farmers have to use 3,000 tons of pesticides in order to ward off insects and other pests. Using Bt hybrids would virtually eliminate the need to use pesticides and yield faster crop production. It was the lack of these kinds of corn that resulted in increased pesticide use.

There are people opposed to this type of bio-tech food. One scientist who was part of a study surrounding the maize correctly remarked that people opposed to the GMO food that the impact on the environment is greater with using 3,000 tons of pesticides. Groups, like Greenpeace, will never be convinced since they are diametrically opposed to foods that are changed or enhanced by science including the use of pesticides. Genetically modified foods are used to help cultivate crops and feed people in developing countries, like Mexico. The fact that environmentalists oppose GMOs should tell you something.