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Global farmers criticize Hakim’s NY Times GMO article, list crop biotech sustainability benefits

| | November 21, 2016
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This article or excerpt is included in the GLP’s daily curated selection of ideologically diverse news, opinion and analysis of biotechnology innovation.

I don’t tell reporters at the New York Times how to write their articles. Maybe they should consider not telling me how to run my farm.

That was my first thought after reading [Danny Haimkim’s]: “Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops.”

We’ve experimented on our farm for nearly four decades—and in that time, we’ve become convinced that GM crops deliver benefits to us and consumers. They’ve not only boosted my yields and reduced our reliance on traditional crop-protection products, but they’ve also been good for the environment. Because of GM crops, we have been able to eliminate a number of tillage passes over our fields each year, saving fuel and wear and tear on machinery. Not needing to drive our tractors as much as we once did means we’re emitting fewer greenhouse gases and leaving a smaller carbon footprint.

That’s my story. I suspect millions of other farmers have their own versions. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t flock to GM crops as they do.

The next time the New York Times reports on agriculture, it should do a better job of making sure that the news it prints includes the views of the people who grow the crops: Our nation’s farmers!

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Message To The NY Times: Farmers Choose To Plant GM Crops Because They Are Delivering Benefits

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