GM+corps

GM+corps - A pril 13, 2010

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April 13, 2010 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/14/business/energy- Study Says Overuse Threatens Gains From Modified Crops By ANDREW POLLACK Genetically engineered crops have provided “substantial” environmental and economic benefits to American farmers, but overuse of the technology is threatening to erode the gains, a national science advisory organization said Tuesday in a report. The report is described as the first comprehensive assessment of the impact of genetically modified crops on American farmers, who have rapidly adopted them since their introduction in 1996. The study was issued by the National Research Council , which is affiliated with the National Academy of Sciences and provides advice to the nation under a Congressional charter. The report found that the crops allowed farmers to either reduce chemical spraying or to use less harmful chemicals.
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The crops also had lower production costs, higher output or extra convenience, benefits that generally outweighed the higher costs of the engineered seeds. “That’s a long and impressive list of benefits these crops can provide, and have provided to adopting farmers,” David E. Ervin, the chairman of the committee that wrote the report, said on Tuesday during a webcast news conference from Washington. But Dr. Ervin, a professor of environmental management and economics at Portland State University in Oregon, warned that farmers were jeopardizing the benefits by planting too many so-called Roundup Ready crops. These crops are genetically engineered to be impervious to the herbicide Roundup, allowing farmers to spray the chemical to kill weeds while leaving the crops unscathed. Overuse of this seductively simple approach to weed control
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