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Dr. Mercola on DARPA: Using insects to disperse infectious viruses to edit plant chromosomes for Agriculture

Story at-a-glance

  • Scientists and legal scholars question the rationale for the use of insects to disperse infectious GE viruses engineered to edit the chromosomes in plants, warning that the technology could very easily be weaponized
  • A new DARPA program is the first to propose and fund the development of viral horizontal environmental genetic alteration agents with the capacity to perform genetic engineering in the environment
  • The $27 million project, called “Insect Allies,” is trying to take advantage of insects’ natural ability to spread crop diseases, but instead of carrying disease, they would spread plant-protective traits
  • The opinion paper “Agricultural Research, or a New Bioweapon System?” argues that if plant modification were really the ultimate goal, a far simpler and more targeted agricultural delivery system could be used
  • There are also serious concerns about environmental ramifications, as the insects’ spread cannot be controlled. It would also be impossible to prevent the insects from genetically modifying organic crops

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STUDY: GMO Agriculture: Insects becoming resistant

Major Setback For The Biotech Industry: Insects Rapidly Developing Resistance To GM Crops

Abstract

A major new scientific assessment of crops that have been genetically modified to produce pest-killing poisons has found that insects are rapidly developing resistance to them. Published in the Nature Biotechnology journal by researchers from the University of Arizona in the United States, the study examines 36 cases looking at how insects react to the crops. READ MORE….