Former EPA scientist: GMOs are not an improvement

The promise that genetic modification of crops is an “immensely beneficial technology” is “inaccurate, misleading and biased,” writes Ramon Seidler, a professor of microbiology and retired senior scientist and team leader for the Environmental Protection Agency’s biosafety program.

Studies from several universities and the US Department of Agriculture have shown that GM crops do not offer higher yields than non-GM crops. In one study, scientists from three different continents concluded that increasing corn yields over the years in the US and Western Europe are the result of conventional cross-breeding, not GM technology, Seidler writes.

There is also no way to prevent cross-pollination. Weather events can carry seeds over 60 miles and birds are known to move seed hundreds of miles.

Proponents of the technology claim that GM crops will reduce the need for herbicides and pesticides. However, in recent years, fifteen species of weeds have developed a resistance to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide and five species of bollworms and corn borers have become resistant to the Bt toxin.

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“Since there are no yield advantages, there is no rationale for using GMO crops in US agriculture, a decision already reached by farmers in at least 60 other nations.”

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