Until Monsanto introduced a genetically altered cotton plant in the buckle on the Chinese cotton belt three years ago, farmers in Shahexin village in China sprayed their fields with tons of organophosphates pesticides to kill bollworms, grubs that feed on immature cotton bolls. According to an article published in the New York Times, which described China's rush to adopt genetically modified crops; "So toxic is the compound, which is similar to the basic ingredient of nerve gas, that many people die from exposure to it each year, though the government will not disclose the number of fatalities."