Genetically Modified Corn Contaminating Midwest Streams

Scientists from the University of Notre Dame just released results of their study of the release of transgenic material from genetically modified maize. Among the findings: insecticidal proteins are carried by corn leaves, cobs, husks and/or stalks into streams, and that of 217 stream sites in northwestern Indiana, 86 percent contained corn byproducts. Research “detected Cry1Ab dissolved in stream water samples at 23 percent of the sites, even six month after crop harvest.”
Another Science Daily article from three years ago discussed the likelihood that genetically modified corn would harm aquatic ecosystems and caddisfly populations in particular.

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