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Friday, September 30, 2016

GMO crop use shows widespread environmental damage

From the largest GMO crop study yet (soon to be demonized by Monsanto), GMO crops cause the increase of pesticides and that leads to more and more pesticide-resistant weeds, causing more and more problems for farmers. The study data was gathered from 1998-2011.
From the study: On average, adopters of GE glyphosate-tolerant (GT) soybeans used 28% (0.30 kg/ha) more herbicide than nonadopters, adopters of GT maize used 1.2% (0.03 kg/ha) less herbicide than nonadopters, and adopters of GE insect-resistant (IR) maize used 11.2% (0.013 kg/ha) less insecticide than nonadopters...  For both soybean and maize, GT adopters used increasingly more herbicides relative to nonadopters, whereas adopters of IR maize used increasingly less insecticides. The estimated pattern of change in herbicide use over time is consistent with the emergence of glyphosate weed resistance.
And this is also telling:
“In the beginning, there was a reduction in herbicide use, but over time the use of chemicals increased because farmers were having to add new chemicals as weeds developed a resistance to glyphosate,” Ciliberto said.

Sustainable Pulse. Sep 18, 2016.
Science Advances. Aug 31, 2016. Open access article.

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