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Insects Developing Resistance to GM Crops at Faster Rate

by admin October 31, 2017

According to researchers insects are rapidly evolving resistance to crops genetically engineered to poison them.

An analysis of global data shows that insects are developing a resistance to insecticidal proteins sourced from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), used by farmers to stop insects destroying crops.

Farmers have been using this insecticide for the past 2 decades and it kills caterpillars and beetle pests. It is popular for being environmentally friendly and preferred by organic farmers. Its use has decreased the use of chemical pesticide by 85 per cent, but recently insects have been building up their resistance to it.

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It’s no secret insects tend to develop resistance to chemicals we rely on to kill them but chemicals themselves cause their own harm. Instead of using chemicals to repel bugs and kill these unwanted pests, we can rely on Intelliscreens to cover the openings in our home, effectively keeping insects out without harming the environment.




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