Pesticide-resistant crops can be bad for our health

LaceyNovember 2, 2013 

After reading The Olympian’s editorial on GMOs I did a little research and found some things you may have missed. The concerns include new types of allergies, antibiotic resistance and pesticide exposure. The majority of GM crops in cultivation are engineered to contain a gene for pesticide resistance. Most are Roundup-ready, meaning they can be sprayed with Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide Roundup without being harmed. The idea is that if the crop itself is immune to Roundup, you can spray it to kill any weeds endangering the plant without worrying about harming your crop.

Sound like a good thing? Only if increased human exposure to pesticides is a good thing. Glyphosate has been linked to numerous health problems in animal studies, among them birth defects, reproductive damage, cancer and endocrine disruption. Maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to end this conversation.

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