GMO agriculture proven to cause catastrophic environmental damage

Thursday, September 22, 2016
By Paul Martin

by: Amy Goodrich
Thursday, September 22, 2016

American researchers from the University of Virginia have conducted a 14-year study on genetically modified (GM) crops and pesticide use. They found that the widespread use of GM seeds has decreased the use of insecticides, but has increased the use of herbicides, as weeds become more resistant.

GM crops have been a heated topic of discussion because of the ongoing debate about the risks to human and environmental health. Monsanto claims that GM food will feed the world, while at the same time reducing pesticide use. But according to new research, overall herbicide use has risen dramatically over the recent years, causing severe environmental damage.

New study reveals horrible truth

University of Virginia economist, Federico Ciliberto, led the study alongside Edward D. Perry of Kansas State University, David A. Hennessy of Michigan State University, and GianCarlo Moschini of Iowa State University.

Together, the four academics analyzed annual data from more than 10,000 soybean and maize farmers in the U.S. from 1998 to 2011. They gathered 14 years of farm-level data from farmers all over the U.S., making this the largest study on GM crops and pesticide use to date. All previous studies have been limited to one or two years only.

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