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Pesticides and herbicides

GM plants have been changed in two main ways so they can:

- survive being sprayed with weedkiller (are herbicide tolerant). This greatly increases the use of weedkillers;
- kill certain insects that eat them (insect resistant). The GM toxins produced in the plants can’t be washed off the food.

Despite Industry claims that GM crops reduce the need for pesticides, the opposite has occurred.