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GMO corn failing to protect fields from pests, report says
- Researchers in the corn-growing state of Illinois are finding significant damage from rootworms in farm fields planted in a rotation with a genetically modified corn, a new report says; such a combination is supposed to protect the crop from the pests.
- Farmers across "a wide swath of Illinois" could face formidable challenges protecting corn crops from the hungry insects, according to the report.
- Monsanto (MON) introduced GMO corn designed to protect from the rootworms in 2003; the corn has been popular with farmers in much of the U.S., but the report's finding raise concerns that the rootworms are growing more resistant to efforts to fight them.