New data shows that GM crops do not reduce the quantity of pesticides needed for crop production
September 22, 2012 WORLD WATCH INSTITUTE - by Catherine Word - Nourishing The Planet
Genetically Modified (GM) crops were first introduced into the commercial food production system in the late 1990s and, according to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), GM crops were being cultivated on more than 1 billion hectares around the world by 2010. During 2011, over 16 million farmers worldwide were involved in planting 160 million hectares of GM crops, making biotech crops the fastest adopted crop technology in modern times.
Issues noted by Benbrook surrounding GM crop technology include corporate control over the seed industry; the lack of an adequate response to herbicide resistance by the US government; loss of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) skills among farmers; and increased reliance on toxic chemical solutions in farming methods... http://blogs.worldwatch.org/nourishingtheplanet/benbrook-study-on-gm-crops-and-pesticides/
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