Charles Benbrook wrote:
>>>> ..engineered to emit Bt through roots and root exudates
>> Chuck is using deliberately inflammatory language here.
> I sometimes wish Chuck *were* more inflammatory, passionate,
> aggressive etc. (big snip)
I wasn't really trying to comment on Chuck's style (I like the way he
writes), but to correct the inaccuracy in what he implied about
rootworm-resistant corn. Bt corn of all types is not engineered to "emit"
or "exude" anything into the environment. Rather, it is engineered to
contain certain narrowly targeted toxins that control certain pests that
feed on the corn.
My point to Toni was that this kind of biological control of rootworm is
preferable to soil-applied insecticides from the perspective of non-target
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