Genetically Modified Cotton

By: Cory Hawk

Cotton Common and Scientific Name

Common: Cotton

Scientific Name: Gossypium Hirsutum

History of Cotton / World Production Cotton

First genetically modified cotton was in 2002 in India

12 million acres of cotton in the U.S.

105.6 million acres worldwide

Why its modified?

Resistant to herbicides or insect pests

Reduce pesticide use

Help grow faster

How its modified?

DNA is taken from Protein Cry1Ac

Benefits of Genetic Modification

Natural pest killer

Boosted population of beneficial insects

Pest control for surrounding farms

Risks of genetic modification

Infertility

Immune problems

Accelerated Aging

Faulty insulin regulation

Changes in major organs