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Flight Of Fancy

The evidence is in – again: “The vast majority of crops genetically engineered to produce their own pesticides pose little danger to the monarch butterfly’s larvae.” In just the latest round of research, not one but six studies have reached this conclusion. But Greenpeace is cocooning itself from the truth, and intentionally misleading the public on the issue.

In a letter to The New York Times last week, professional Greenpeace activist Charles Margulis said the Environmental Protection Agency’s “regulatory philosophy seems to be to first allow these crops to threaten the environment and then study the risks” – risks called “negligible” by Cornell University scientists. But the propaganda campaign seems to be working: Reporting on the Cornell study, The Washington Post noted that “pollen at the levels necessary to have any impact on monarchs showed up in less than 1 percent of the samples, and even then the corn’s most popular varieties did not appear to be harmful.” Even so, the Post headlined its piece, “Biotech Corn Can Pose Threat.”

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