Pamela Bond's Blog

Bad news for genetically engineered foods

The biotech industry makes many promises. Genetically engineered crops can feed the world because they can produce more food on less land. GE crops can limit farming’s negative impact on biodiversity. They can reduce pesticide use.

I don't buy it. And it turns out there is another side to the story:

The Cambridge, Mass.-based Union of Concerned Scientists, released a report, Failure to Yield, which found that GE crops have largely failed to increase crop yield.

Another report, released by the Boulder, Colo.-based Organic Center entitled Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use in the United States: The First Thirteen Years, showed that farmers used more pesticides over the past 13 years as a result of planting GE seeds.

If your customers are wary of GE foods like me, point them to certified-organic products. No genetically modified organisms can be used in certified-organic production. And support the Non-GMO Project and efforts to label GE foods.

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