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, “in GMO products, are the pesticides actually present in the seed and therefore inside of the produce?”
The answer is yes. Some GMO corn, soybean, and cotton crops produce a type of proteins called “Bt proteins” that are harmful to some insects, but safe for animals and humans. Bt protein, in the form of a spray, is also used by many organic farmers to protect their crops from pests, since it’s a naturally occurring, organic substance.
The benefit of having the protein produced by the plant itself is that it can help can reduce the amount of pesticide sprayed in fields to control pests. In both cases, the Environmental Protection Agency and numerous other regulatory agencies and independent scientists have determined that these uses of Bt proteins are safe.
Here’s a link from the EPA with more information about Bt crops and Bt protein.
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