A Second Look at Insecticide Resistance in GM Crops

Corn pesticideLast month Zintro spoke with George Vassiliou, a Professor of Pesticides and Ecotoxicology , about corn farmers’ concerns that some insects are resistant to genetically modified versions of crops. Vassiliou, who has over 15 years of experience in pesticide technology, discussed strategies for overcoming insecticide resistance including documented resistance, non-documented resistance, and precautionary measures to avoid development of resistance. Dr. SK Gangwar of India is an Agricultural Entomologist and Pest Management Specialist. He responds, “Pesticidal application should be synchronized with the onset of pests.” Master Agronomist Rubens Paulo Stamato shares his views with Zintro. “Although the major crops in the world, like corn and soybean, are using genetically modified materials, some of other crops do not have this technology. As an example, we have the orange crop in Florida, that is going down due to the occurrence of a couple of diseases, and that can just be mitigated through the use of chemicals. “Unfortunately, it’s intrinsic that these genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) may prevent the use of chemicals against some pests, but cannot provide the controlling of all existing pests. And, with the non-controlling of pests and diseases, we’ll see a strong decrease in the food production around the world. Chemicals are, yet, the main response to the food production in the planet.” Zintro has experts in every industry sector, across every job function, in every geographic region. Recently, some of the following topics have seen inquiry activity:

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