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GMOs and agchems blamed for Brazil corn earworm infestation

Brazil's Ministry of Agrarian Development at least partly blames the use of genetically modified crops for the surging emergence of corn earworms (Helicoverpa armigera). The rising incidence of the pest has led to devastating losses in soybean and cotton areas in the country (Agrow passim). "Due to poor practice such as the excessive use of pesticides and insect-resistant Bt GM crops, the incidence of corn earworms has grown," the Ministry's website claims.



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