GMO industries try to present genetic modification as being in the line of defense against "global food shortages," but their primary use is in increasing the profitability of agricultural giants, such as Monsanto. One of the more well-publicized "edits" that biotechnology companies have proliferated is herbicide-resistant plants. Monsanto started producing herbicide resistant variations of corn, soybeans, cotton and other mass food staples. The other widely applied change was the integration of toxins into the body of the plant, to protect them against insect infestation. The research is giving a first glance into just how these organisms are becoming toxin-resistant.
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