biodiversity

“Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is a common bacteria that has played a very uncommon role in agriculture and the development of genetically modified foods. The natural insecticidal abilities of these bacteria have made them an important pest control tool for nearly a century. While their use as a natural biopesticide is widely accepted and approved for organic applications, the engineering of Bt genes into major crops has been more controversial.” – Matthew Niederhuber

Discussion Prompt:
Read the article Insecticidal Plants: The Tech and Safety of GM Bt Crops.  Based on the information in this article, post a message in which you answer the following:

Do you feel that the application of Bt (Bacillus Thuringiensis) to corn crops as a pesticide is a safe alternative to chemical pesticides? Explain why or why not.
Do you feel that genetically modified (GM) Bt corn (corn that has Bt genes incorporated into its own genetic material) is safe for human consumption? Explain why or why not.
What potential drawbacks and/or benefits, if any, do you perceive might come about by the use of ‘insecticidal plants”