News last update:6 Aug 2012

New report: GM crops still not performing

A new report shows that genetically modified (GM) crops have failed to address the main challenges facing farmers in most countries of the world, and more than 70% of large scale GM planting is still limited to two countries (US and Argentina).

The new report, 'Who Benefits from GM crops? An analysis of the global performance of genetically modified (GM) crops 1996-2006' also notes that the 'second generation' GM farm crops with attractive 'traits' long promised by the industry has failed to appear.
According to the report, GM crops commercialised today have on the whole increased rather than decreased pesticide use, and do not yield more than conventional varieties. The environment has not benefited, and GM crops will become increasingly unsustainable over the medium to long term.

The full report is available for media upon request from media@foei.org

Related links:
A three-page "Highlights of the report"
The executive summary of the report

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