Title

Article on the controversy over Bt corn, genetically modified corn that makes it

Authors

Kerry Elson

Source

Mainebiz

Date

8-20-2007

Pages

1, 6

Abstract

Article on the controversy over Bt corn, genetically modified corn that makes its own pesticide. On July 27, Maine reversed its 10-year ban on Bt corn, making it the last state in the nation to approve the controversial variety. The Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) hopes allowing Bt corn will reduce the use of toxic spray pesticide, which can drain from soil into waterways. Organic growers worry that Bt pollen will contaminate their crop, so the BPC is drafting rules for how farmers can use the corn. With comments on the benefits and concerns of BT corn by Lauchlin Titus, an agronomist in Vassalboro; Russell Libby, executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association; and Jim Crane, co-owner of Crane Brothers Farm in Exeter.

Subjects

Genetically modified foods, Corn

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