February 2000 Issue
EPA Puts Minimal Limits On Biotech Corn Crops
This spring, the Environmental Protection Agency will require farmers to plant at least 20% of their corn crops as traditional corn, with no more than 80% as Bt corn, a genetically modified variety that has been engineered to contain a gene from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis. The gene triggers production of a natural toxin, which kills the European corn borer caterpillar. By requiring a mix of traditional and Bt corn, the EPA is
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