Comparison of agriculture in North America and Europe raises questions about the value of GM

argylesock says… Is Europe falling behind the Americas because Europe avoids genetically modified (GM) crops? As I mentioned yesterday, our UK Chief Scientific Officer (Mark Walport) says that we’re falling behind. But here’s discussion from New Zealand about what a weak claim that is.


Researchers led by Canterbury University Professor Jack Heinemann have announced further findings that challenge the benefits of genetic modification.

This time their analysis deals with agricultural productivity.

They report finding (see here) that the biotechnologies used in North American staple crop production are lowering yields and increasing pesticide use, compared to western Europe.

A conspicuous difference is the adoption of genetically modified/engineered (GM) seed in North America, and the use of non-GM seed in Europe.

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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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3 Responses to Comparison of agriculture in North America and Europe raises questions about the value of GM

  1. EqFe says:

    Monsanto et al all like to claim that GMO plants increase yield, but so far they haven’t. The thing is, that most of the GMO food grown in the US are produced on large farms, many owned by corporations far larger than Monsanto. I can’t find evidence one way or another as to whether Roundup ready corn, soybeans etc or BT corn are actually moreprofitable, but I can’t see Continental Grain or Archer Daniels Midland growing them if they weren’t.

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