The link between GM cotton and antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea – scientists sound the alarm
by: Carolanne Wright
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
We may not associate much risk with seemingly “inedible” genetically modified crops like cotton, but the dangers are very real. GM cotton actually poses a triple threat — Bt pollen, widespread use of cottonseed oil in the food industry and cottonseed cake fed to animals. Researchers are now concerned that Monsanto’s genetically modified cotton crops — grown around the world, from India to the United States, Europe, Australia and South America — are creating antibiotic-resistant superbugs that would make gonorrhea, and possibly tuberculosis, untreatable.
The history of Monsanto’s genetically modified cotton is far from the “white gold revolution” purported by the controversial biotech corporation. Claiming lower insecticide usage and higher crop yield, Bt cotton is the poster child for Monsanto success. Or is it? Navigating away from corporate rhetoric, other sources paint a much different picture.
The Institute of Science in Society notes, “Contrary to Monsanto’s claim, its GM cotton succumbed to drought and insect attack while an indigenous variety thrived.” GM cotton failed to surpass the native variety in all but one of the nine district conducting field trial in Indonesia. Photographs document dried-out, brown GM cotton fields next to the vibrant green plants of indigenous cotton, which is naturally resistant to drought and brown hopper infestation.