Will GMO affect my ants?

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idahoantgirl
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Will GMO affect my ants?

Post: # 19045Post idahoantgirl
Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:49 pm

So, I know that GMO is supposed to kill bugs when they eat it. If I fed my ants a fruit or vegetable that had GMO would this affect them?
Proverbs 6:6-11

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It has no commander,
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yet it stores its provisions in summer
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Re: Will GMO affect my ants?

Post: # 19046Post Fulkol
Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:07 pm

As far as my knowledge goes GMO crops are usually treated with the BT protein ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacillus_thuringiensis ), you can do a little research on it but I fear it does affect ants as well

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Re: Will GMO affect my ants?

Post: # 19047Post Batspiderfish
Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:17 pm

Crops are genetically modified to improve yield or nutrition, resist chemicals like herbicide/insecticide, or to produce chemicals of their own. Plants modified to produce Bt toxin are supposed to only be effective against caterpillars, but they may have some detrimental effect on the health of other insects (bees, for instance) without being outright lethal. Available evidence would suggest that bees and their cousins are not affected by Bt toxin unless their health is already in decline.

Too bad that in the United States, we have no way of knowing how produce at the store has been modified except if the strain hasn't been modified at all (disregarding gene flow that can spread through pollen).
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Re: Will GMO affect my ants?

Post: # 19145Post idahoantgirl
Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:43 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:17 pm
Crops are genetically modified to improve yield or nutrition, resist chemicals like herbicide/insecticide, or to produce chemicals of their own. Plants modified to produce Bt toxin are supposed to only be effective against caterpillars, but they may have some detrimental effect on the health of other insects (bees, for instance) without being outright lethal. Available evidence would suggest that bees and their cousins are not affected by Bt toxin unless their health is already in decline.

Too bad that in the United States, we have no way of knowing how produce at the store has been modified except if the strain hasn't been modified at all (disregarding gene flow that can spread through pollen).
so like corn syrup? What effect would it have on them? or is ti ok
Proverbs 6:6-11

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

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Re: Will GMO affect my ants?

Post: # 19157Post Batspiderfish
Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:24 am

Refined foods are probable going to be safe.
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Re: Will GMO affect my ants?

Post: # 19701Post Batspiderfish
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:57 am

Organically grown, non-GMO food does not mean that it hasn't been treated with Bt toxin. The organic way to apply it is to spray the field with bacteria which produce it.

And then there's this extremely important facet to interpreting labels:
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