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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