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Response to The Doctor. (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 01:30 PM

10. poisoned?



Bt endotoxin has ZERO vertebrate toxicity. It's an environmentalist's dream-- no chemicals, no petroleum derivatives, and no non-target toxicity. The real problem here, as in every instance of insecticidal population control EVER, is overuse that stimulates insect resistance. Bt was the magic bullet that allowed high crop yields without chemical pesticides and their associated environmental damage. Bt is utterly benign UNLESS you're a specific kind of insect that is susceptible to the Bt strain used.

Insects are STILL our single greatest source of competition for food, consuming about one third of human agricultural production worldwide even today. Right now there are people going hungry because insects ate their crops or sickened their livestock. Bt does not "poison" food, at least not for human consumption.

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