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New Report Shreds Claims that GE Crops Reduce Pesticide Use

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  • Genetically engineered (GE) crops have led to a 404 million pound increase in overall pesticide use from the time they were introduced in 1996 through 2011
  • GE crops have led to resistance, both in weeds and pests, leaving farmers to struggle with an increasingly difficult situation. More than two dozen weed species are now resistant to glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup
  • Rapidly increasing weed resistance is now driving up the volume of herbicide needed by about 25 percent annually
  • Civil society groups from multiple nations convening at a recent Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety meeting urged global leaders to “follow the Convention on Biological Diversity, in letter and spirit” in order to prevent irreparable ecological and human harm from irreversible GE technologies

By Dr. Mercola

A late-breaking study shows that genetically engineered (GE) crops have led to a 404 million pound increase in overall pesticide use from the time they were introduced in 1996 through 2011. This equates to an increase of about seven percent over the last 16 years.


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