Evidence is mounting that Monsanto's (MON) genetically modified corn is losing its effectiveness...

Evidence is mounting that Monsanto's (MON) genetically modified corn is losing its effectiveness to bugs, the EPA says, with studies finding that rootworms on two Illinois farms had become resistant to insecticide that the corn produces. Corn accounted for $4.81B of Monsanto's sales last year, or 41% of the total.

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  • boxer234
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    This sounds serious. what is the source of this info ?
    5 Sep 2012, 07:55 AM Reply Like
  • Xinyun Hang
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    According to the article cited, an EPA statement.
    5 Sep 2012, 09:35 AM Reply Like
  • agd108
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    As if the superweeds weren't enough? Bloomberg says:


    “Superweeds” that Roundup no longer kills have invaded as many as 20 million acres (8.1 million hectares) of corn and soybeans, according to a Dow study. As many as 28 million acres of cotton, soybean and corn may host Roundup-resistant weeds by 2015, according to Basel, Switzerland-based Syngenta.


    5 Sep 2012, 09:29 AM Reply Like
  • yv204
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    There was a Business Week article that discussed increasing bug resistance to Roundup almost two years ago. I imagine it only got worse since then.
    5 Sep 2012, 10:05 AM Reply Like
  • Xinyun Hang
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    I think this is different (this is talking about corn genetically engineered to resist bugs, as opposed to pesticides*), but yeah, I guess you could make a general argument that "pests" (weeds or bugs) are adapting.


    * I assume you're actually talking about about a pesticide, given that Roundup kills weeds, not bugs.
    5 Sep 2012, 10:08 AM Reply Like
  • fourchan
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    what will a desperate company hell bent to destroy the diversity of the worlds grain supply so it can be the only game in town, do when its frankinstein grain turns against its creator? probably patent pigs to ruin that market too. oh mosanto you are so typical of uncaring business.
    5 Sep 2012, 01:35 PM Reply Like
  • Zsmith1756
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    For a company so heavily invested in R&D and which as been rewarded for leading science in the development of new weed-resistant products, shouldn't MON be considered the best equipped to solve these types of new problems?


    Seems like an opportunity. The aame way that Apple rolls out new iPhones and iPads, Monsanto might be best in breed to roll out new seed.
    7 Sep 2012, 06:16 PM Reply Like
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