Myth: “GMO crops produce their own pesticides and give off poisonous gases”

Myth: “GMO crops produce their own pesticides and give off poisonous gases”

 

Fact: The insect-protected GM crops being grown today express proteins that originate from Bacillus thuringiensis, which is why they are commonly referred to as Bt crops. These crops produce a Bt protein that is toxic only to certain types of insect pests (typically Coleopteran and Lepidopteran pests) that feed on the plants.

Furthermore, these Bt proteins are non-toxic to humans and other mammals. Instead of farmers having to spray pesticides to control these pests, the Bt plants are able to protect themselves, greatly reducing the applications of insecticides to these crops.