Genetically modified failures

argylesock says… I haven’t looked up all of these alleged failures of genetic modification (GM, also called genetic engineering or GE). So I can’t vouch for all of this article. But if most of it – even a little of it – is correct, I think that people need to doubt the claims made for GM. It’s not going to solve the world’s problems.



Don’t believe what you hear from vested interests, rent-a-quote ‘scientists’ and’ bought’ politicians. After nearly 20 years of promises that genetically modified food would revolutionise our world, feed the hungry, boost the yields and therefore the incomes of farmers, and even cure disease, genetically modified crops have never lived up to those promises.

These are the genetically modified failures that big biotech refuses to be accountable for, doesn’t want you to know about and the reasons why we continue to say ‘NO!’ to GMOs.

Failure to deliver
Despite the hype, genetic modification consistently fails to live up to industry claims. Only two GM traits have ever made it to market – herbicide resistance and BT toxin expression. Other promises of genetic modification have failed to materialise.

The much vaunted GM ‘golden rice’ – hailed for a decade as a cure for vitamin A deficiency and night blindness still hasn’t…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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2 Responses to Genetically modified failures

  1. EqFe says:

    I can’t help but think, that at some point a forward thinking agricultural company, probably in Europe will start experimenting with GMO to create new strains that will grow under less than ideal conditions, with more nutrition, or basically for any purpose other that to tolerate more chemicals, or kill pests on its own. Corn that needs less water for example.

    • argylesock says:

      In fact, I think that is happening. There’s busy research going on in the Plant Sci group at my University, developing new GM crops. As you know I keep an open mind. But I think (as mentioned a few days ago) that GM may be old news, becoming superseded by different strategies such as Marker Assisted Breeding and Integrated Pest Management.

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