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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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