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Study Shows GM Crops Good for Consumers, Farmers and the Environment

Last year, genetically modified crops in the U.S. produced higher yields than conventional varieties, increased farmers' income, and reduced pesticide use, according to a comprehensive study by the non-profit National Center for Food and Agriculture Policy. The report looked at 27 different crops including GM soybeans, corn, cotton, papaya, squash and canola, and found that the modified crops produced 4 billion more pounds of food and fiber, and compared to conventional crops increased farmers' earnings by $1.5 billion and cut pesticide use by 46 million pounds.
According to the center's program director, Leonard Gianessi, 32 new GM crops still being developed had the potential to increase yields by 10 million pounds per year, cut farm costs by $400 million and reduce pesticide use by 117 million pounds. "Had these 32 cultivars been adopted, they would have provided a net value of $1 billion," he said. "Does biotechnology improve production and the bottom-line for farmers? It did, that's why farmers are sticking with it,"
The study was based on scientific journals, data from the government and universities, interviews with researchers, as well as other sources of information.
"Canada: Biotech Crops Boost Farm Income, Yields -- U.S. Study," Reuters

The Biotech Advantage 06/26/2002