The “Masters of the Universe,” those mighty CEOs of the GMO world are so good at presenting their vision of a sustainable future. One of the main tenets of their faith in GMOs is that it has reduced the amount of pesticides applied to growing crops. For this reason, GMOs are a major boon for the environment.
A new report — Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use: The First Thirteen Years — authored by Chuck Benbrook and just released by The Organic Center, tells a different story.
GE crops are pushing pesticide use upward at a rapidly accelerating pace. In 2008, GE crop acres required over 26% more pounds of pesticides per acre than acres planted to conventional varieties…this trend will continue as a result of the rapid spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds.
Q. How do we know when we are going in the wrong direction?
A. When our solutions cause more problems than they solve.