Monsanto’s promises of a safe, “drift-free” dicamba have failed to materialize, as complaints have flooded into state agricultural departments across the country. So far this year, regulators have received nearly four years’ worth of complaints regarding dicamba-related crop damage.
Genetically modified crops are controversial because of everything from environmental to human-health effects. Now a new study further calls into question their capacity to resist pests. Over time, the study confirms, it is pests that develop resistance and get the upper hand.
A new study, funded by the U.S. government and published in the journal Nature Biotechnology, has added to the evidence that pest resistance to genetically modified (GM) crops has been rising dramatically for decades. The study, which examines 20