Genetically-Manipulated "Bt" Crops Found to Emit High Levels of Toxins
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Excerpts from Campaign for Food Safety News #18
At an international meeting of entomologists (scientists who study
insects) in Basel Switzerland in March, experts warned that genetically
engineered (GE) Bt crops are exuding 10-20 times the amount of toxins
contained in conventional (non-GE) Bt sprays, and are harming beneficial
insects (such as ladybugs/ladybirds and lacewings) and soil microorganisms,
and may likely be harming insect-eating bird populations.
The scientists called for a moratorium on commercial planting of Bt crops.
Worldwide in 1998 there were 19.3 million acres of Bt crops under
cultivation (representing 28% of all GE crops), including 45% of the US
cotton crop, 25% of the corn, and 3.5% of the potatoes. For further
information on the Basel meeting contact For info on
the Center for Food Safety & Greenpeace lawsuit filed in the US Feb. 18 to
remove Bt crops from the market see .