A study in China suggested for the first time** that genetically modified cotton was permanently damaging the environment and that insects were building up resistance to it.

The study by the Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences, part of the Chinese government's environmental protection administration, draws together laboratory and field work undertaken by four scientific institutions in China over several years.

It suggests that GM cotton, which incorporates a gene isolated from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), harms the natural parasitic enemies of the cotton bollworm, the pest that it is designed to control. It also indicates that populations of pests other than cotton bollworm had increased in Bt cotton fields and some had replaced it as primary pests.

[**Another study on genetic engineering has found that the larvae from Monarch butterflies cannot survive the effects of genetically engineered corn. See Time magazine article, “Of Corn and Butterflies”, 31 May 1999: 80-81. Genetic engineering in and of the environment is not only unwise but deadly --NewWorldPeace.com]


Guardian, UK
Genetically Modified Crop Damages
Environment But Not Pests, Says Study
By John Vidal


Posted on the Independent Newswire on 8 June 2002
Ref: www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=185041

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