GM Cotton

What Does it Really Mean?

purpose

GM cotton is made with one of two traits. One makes it resistant to glyphosate-based herbicides like Roundup. The other stimulates the plant to produce a toxin that kills the bollworm, one of the crop’s biggest pests.

How?

This pest-resistant cotton is engineered with a gene from the bacteria Bacillus thurengiensis.

concerns

  • India is the only country that the cotton yeild increases
  • pests have already become resistant to the gene in the GM cotton
  • reports of livestock dying after eating left over debris
  • increased cost

http://www.cban.ca/Resources/Topics/GE-Crops-and-Foods-On-the-Market/Cotton/Genetically-Modified-Cotton-CBAN-Factsheet