New York Times: GM Crops Don’t Increase Yields, Reduced Chemicals

The New York Times, one of the most widely read mainstream newspapers, is reporting what many readers here may already know – GM crops do not result in better yields or lower chemical usage. “Doubts about the promised bounty of genetically modified crops” by Danny Hakim ran on the front page of the Oct. 29, 2016 edition of the newspaper.

From the New York Times article (viewing the article requires a New York Times account):

An analysis by The Times using United Nations data showed that the United States and Canada have gained no discernible advantage in yields — food per acre — when measured against Western Europe, a region with comparably modernized agricultural producers like France and Germany. Also, a recent National Academy of Sciences report found that “there was little evidence” that the introduction of genetically modified crops in the United States had led to yield gains beyond those seen in conventional crops.

At the same time, herbicide use has increased in the United States, even as major crops like corn, soybeans and cotton have been converted to modified varieties. And the United States has fallen behind Europe’s biggest producer, France, in reducing the overall use of pesticides, which includes both herbicides and insecticides.

The article points out that France’s insecticide and fungicide use has fallen by 65 percent with herbicide use has decreased by 36 percent.

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