Many environmentalists dismiss best way to reduce pesticide use– GMOs

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But what really catalyzed [Walter De Jong’s, (a potato breeder and geneticist at Cornell University)] concerns over misguided fears of GMOs was a recent trip he took to Indonesia. . .  he watched men in T-shirts and no facemasks spraying chemicals on their crops. . . .

. . . . In parts of India, farmers spray more than 60 insecticides on their eggplant. . . To reduce the insecticide load without losing the harvest . . . public sector researchers and a private Indian seed company, developed Bt . . .eggplant . . . . public outcry from GMO opponents blocked the eggplants from federal approval.

“It was madness to stop Bt brinjal” says Kulvinder Gill, an agricultural geneticist at Washington State University . . . who grew up in India . . . “People should not even be eating this brinjal because it has so much insecticide on it,” . . . .

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De Jong. . . was shocked at how people who don’t live near farms feel entitled to advise farmers, especially on environmental matters. . . .

“. . . crop biotechnologists and farmers want to reduce their pesticide use, and yet the method we think is most sustainable and environmentally friendly has been dismissed out of hand.” . . . .

Read full, original post: GMOs May Feed the World Using Fewer Pesticides

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