Here is an update to an earlier post that chronicled a problem with genetically engineered cotton in China where it was necessary to use pesticides to control new pests.
Skeptico reviews the problem, the possible reasons for it, and the fix being use in the U.S.
American farmers, unlike those in China, are required to plant a refuge (a field of non-genetically engineered crops) to maintain the cotton bollworm pest population nearby and help prevent the pest from developing resistance to the genetically modified cotton.
John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.