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Insecticide in every cell

Insecticide in every cell

Pesticides are poisons designed to kill a variety of plants and animals such as insects (insecticides), weeds (herbicides), and mold or fungus (fungicides). Last week we talked about herbicides and genetically modified organisms; this week we will consider insecticides.

Herbicide tolerant crops comprise about 80% of all GM plants. The other 20% are corn and cotton varieties that produce insecticide in every cell. This is accomplished due to a gene from a soil bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis or Bt, which produces a natural insect-killing poison called Bt toxin.

For years, even organic farmers and others have sprayed crops with solutions containing natural Bt bacteria as a method of insect control. In Tanzania it has been used by DSM city council as a mosquito larvicide. The toxin creates holes in the stomachs of the victims and kills them. Genetic engineers take the gene that produces the toxin in bacteria and insert it into the DNA of crops so that the plant does the work, not the farmer.

Crops such as Bt cotton produce pesticides inside the plant. This kills or deters insects – but it does so by being embedded into every cell of GMO plants. Corn and cotton: Food and clothing. The Bt-toxin produced in GM crops is “vastly different from the bacterial [Bt-toxins] used in organic and traditional farming and forestry.”7 The plant produced version is designed to be more toxic than natural varieties, and is about 3,000-5,000 times more concentrated than the spray form.

The plants themselves are toxic, and not just to insects. There are many problems associated with the whole environment (including the soil, other animals, food and clothing) being impregnated with toxins in the DNA of every cell. Each cell is being impregnated with poison, and these poisons are being let out as food and clothing.

It is being shown that the poison coded into the DNA does not break down it continues in different forms so that for example: 1/ In Indian, after the harvest, it is common to allow animals onto the farms to feed on the stalks and leftovers. In India, sheep who grazed on Bt cotton plants after the harvest died by the thousands! Those who grazed as usual on normal cotton plants did not die. 2/ A survey was conducted under Bt cotton growing areas of Vidharbha (Navdanya, 2008) looking at the effect of soil biological activities due cultivation of Bt cotton.

Twenty- five fields were selected where Bt cotton was grown for three years, which was compared with the adjoining fields where either other varieties of cotton were growing or other crops were growing during that period. The result showed significant reduction in acid phosphatase (27%), nitrogenase (23%)) and dehydrogenase (10%) activities under Bt cotton growing fields.
The results clearly demonstrated that Bt cotton cultivation definitely affect soil biological health especially beneficial microorganisms (actinomycetes, bacteria) and enzymes (acid phosphatase, nitrogenase and dehydrogenase)….

That is what is meant when people say “it poisons the soil”. It is illogical for people to poison their very foundation, the msingi of their well being, their very existence - their soil – in these fundamental ways. 3/ Bt toxins have killed many species of insect larvae. For example, in North America, studies at Cornell University have been conducted on the effect of the pollen of genetically modified corn/ maize on the caterpillars (lava wa vipepeo) of Monarch butterflies.

Caterpillars feeding on milkweed leaves (their food) dusted with GMO corn pollen, ate less, grew more slowly, and suffered a higher mortality rate. Nearly half of them died; all the caterpillars fed non-dusted milkweed leaves lived. In Tanzania this could lead to the demise of such wonderful natural phenomenon such as the billions of butterflies witnessed just a few weeks ago. The US Department of Health’s Cancer Report to the president shows that the use of pesticides is responsible for causing cancer of the lungs, breast, stomach, bowels, brain, central nervous system, ovaries/testicles, pancreas and kidneys.

The comparatively small amount of reported testing of GMO diets on animal models is demonstrating that pesticides embedded into cells also lead to damage of virtually all organs and death. And yet it is being suggested that people should be agreeable about consuming toxic pesticides. In every bite of corn. As in ugali.

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Author: ANNE OUTWATER

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