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GM maize failing in Brazil

April 3rd 2013

Brazilian news reported last week that GM maize fields are being destroyed by the pest the crop was designed to resist, the Fall army worm.

Brazilian news reported last week that GM maize fields are being destroyed by the pest the crop was designed to resist, the Fall army worm. Farmers have reported that in the Federal District around the nation’s capital Brasília, and the state of Paraná, growing resistance in pests to the crop’s toxins is making GM-technology redundant.

The maize variety is sold under the name Herculex. These crops are genetically modified to produce an insecticide that is toxic for pests feeding on them. The crops produce this toxin in their leaves, roots and stems, killing insects like the Fall army worm.

However, the toxin can also be damaging for other insects such as butterflies and moths, and the insect pollinators that conventional farmers rely upon, and over-time resistance will increase to the insecticide undermining the crops defence mechanisms.

For the full report (in Portuguese) watch this video:

http://globotv.globo.com/rede-globo/globo-rural/v/lagartas-atacam-plantacoes-de-milho-transgenico-no-parana-e-no-df/2488913/

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