Yeah, what do they know?
I don’t think it was supposed to work that way. (For non-farmers: Bt cotton is genetically engineered cotton plants that have Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) genes inserted. Bt is used as a pesticide to combat bollworm. These cotton plants are supposed to contain the pesticide so that one doesn’t have to add it externally.)
Yes, that was bound to happen. That was a no-brainer from the get-go. Just like the “superbugs” that developed in concert with increased use of penicillin in human medical treatments. It’s a common problem in pest control, which is why people have had to develop other methods and combinations of methods, and why monoculture crops are so problematic.
Superweed. Sounds good though.
There was also a 2009 study claiming that Bt cotton destroys the soil and linking that to farmer suicides in India. Although, to be fair, I imagine continuous planting of huge tracts of cotton eventually destroys the soil no matter what kind is planted. The history of modern cotton farming in America is actually an interesting subject riddled with rampant greed, fraud and government welfare to very rich cotton farmers. (I especially like the part where a large producer collected government money to take cotton out of production and used it to set up another large production site in Australia. Those government welfare programs that pay farmers not to plant are pretty awesome deals for the farmers, for one thing because they found they could simply take their poorest producing land out of production and make a similar income as always from the crop plus collect government money too, the but that’s another story.)
Yes, that does say 250 thousand.
But Monsanto is making out like a bandit. And that was the point, wasn’t it?
Yes, they own it. A farmer cannot save seed to plant. That would get him sued, and he would lose.
Monsanto would like you to know this is all bullshit.