We were disappointed to read this weekend’s piece on GMO crops in the New York Times (“Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops”). The reporter chose to cherry-pick data to argue that GMOs have failed to provide significant benefits, especially yield increases, to farmers in the United States. The reporter’s arguments were misinformed– and overlooked the perspectives of millions of farmers in the United States, India, South America and elsewhere in the world, who have chosen to plant GMOs over the past two decades.
We were especially disappointed because we engaged with this reporter on multiple occasions … Full Article »
It's a bird, it's a plane, no, it's SUPERWEED!
There was a story today in the New York Times (“Farmers Cope with Roundup-Resistant Weeds”) about glyphosate-resistant weeds, or as the headline states – Roundup-resistant weeds. (Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup. Its success has made the two interchangeable similar to the case of facial tissue and the brand name Kleenex).
This is the second story in recent weeks about “superweeds,” as the mainstream media has sensationally dubbed the weed resistance issue.
Overall the NYT story talks about the positive contributions of biotechnology on weed control—increase in no-till… Full Article »
This morning, the National Research Council (NRC) released a major new report on genetically engineered crops. The Impact of Genetically Engineered Crops on Farm Sustainability in the United States is the first comprehensive assessment of the environmental, economic, and social impacts of the GE-crop revolution on U.S. farms.
Genetically Engineered Crops Benefit Many Farmers, But The Technology Needs Proper Management To Remain Effective – NRC Press Release
Study Finds Benefits in Genetically Modified Crops buy Warns of Overuse – New York Times
National Research Council Report Examines Biotechnology’s Benefits for U.S. Farmers – Biotechnology Industry Organization
Stay tuned … Full Article »