More Pesticides Used on Genetically-Manipulated Foods/Crops
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London TIMES July 8 1999 (Excerpts)
GM farms 'use more pesticides'
BY ADAM SHERWIN
A KEY justification for genetically modified crops has been thrown
into doubt by new American Government research.
Many farmers who have converted to GM production are using just as
much pesticide as their counterparts who have stuck with conventional
Some farmers are apparently using more than they did before, according
to figures published in New Scientist.
The US Department of Agriculture research also revealed that yields of
GM crops were in most cases no better than traditional ones. The
figures challenge biotechnology companies' insistence that GM crops
assist farming efficiency and reduce the need for pesticides.