Each week, we will answer a question from our readers regarding our operations and community outreach here in Puerto Rico.
This week we answer the question, “how can a GMO crop with pesticides in its DNA be as healthy as a non-GMO? How is ingesting that pesticide healthy?”
Some genetically modified (GM) crops have a gene from a naturally occurring bacteria called “Bt” that affects a few types of insects (the insects that typically are responsible for destroying crops and can threaten farmers’ livelihoods), but it is safe for people, domestic animals, fish and other wildlife. In fact, because Bt is produced naturally, it’s one of the more common pesticides used by organic farmers.
Both ingredients from crops containing the Bt trait and from organic crops sprayed with Bt are safe for human and animal consumption. The EPA evaluated many years of safety data before registering Bt corn. If you’re interested, check out more information on Bt corn from the University of Minnesota.
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