A number of recent studies and reports have continued to provide evidence that genetically modified crops provide significant benefits to both farmers and consumers. We’ve talked about some of them here individually, but the accumulation of evidence is impressive.
The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) reported that global biotech crops increased by 12 million hectares to 160 million hectare from 2010 to 2011, an increase of eight percent. The principal reason behind this growth, ISAAA says, is that “biotech crops deliver substantial, and sustainable, socio-economic and environmental benefits.”
Field to Market’s National Report on Agricultural Sustainability describes (in detail) the huge progress made in efficiency improvements in the last three decades. The report defines efficiency in terms of environmental, social and economic indicators, detailing significant improvements across all three.
A 2011 study by PG Economics showed benefits across farm income and environmental indicators, across a wide array of GM crops.
While not a scientific study, “The Triumph of the Family Farm,” an in-depth article in the July/August issue of The Atlantic, underscores what’s underlying a major increase in agricultural productivity in recent years – “the adoption of radical new technologies.”
What the studies also explain is that GM crops are scale neutral, which means they can be used by large and small farmers alike, in all parts of the world, and in both developed and developing countries.