A New York Times report has spoken in favour of the anti-GMO brigade, in contrast to the harsh way in which they are usually treated by the media.The report called ‘Broken Promises of Genetically Modified Crops’ highlights the reality of the downfalls of GMO crops with some hard facts and figures.
The mainstream media are usually outspoken against the anti-GMO movement, due to the close ties between many media outlets and Big Food brands. The new report offers the reader the facts about GMO food that have been claimed by Monsanto and other brands, and see whether or not they add up. There is also an accompanying article called ‘Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops’, both by Karl Russell and Danny Hakim.
Monsanto and other corporations have claimed that GMO food is necessary in the fight against world hunger, as they are able to produce bigger yields from crops, but the evidence suggests that the US is no further ahead than Europe, who don’t use GMO products, in producing crops.
“An extensive examination by the New York Times indicates that the debate has missed a more basic problem (than GE foods’ safety), genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides,” the Times authors have said.
The authors have compared the results from crops on both sides of the Atlantic, with interesting results.“Twenty years ago, Europe largely rejected genetic modification at the same time the United States and Canada were embracing it,” they said “Comparing the results on two continents, using independent data as well as academic and industry research, shows how the technology has fallen short of the promise.”
The report notes that:
-In the last thirty years, corn yields in Western Europe have been around the same as in the US.
-Sugar beet yields in Western Europe have actually increased compared to the US GMO crops.
-Monsanto’s Roundup is attributed to the growth in pesticides.
The authors have said “The industry is winning on both ends —because the same companies make both the genetically modified plants and the poisons,”.