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GMO critics overlook facts about science, safety and pesticides


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 17, 2013

~~<p>Science can easily be misunderstood and misused in the debate over potential risks and benefits of genetically modified (GM) crops. Concerns over farm pesticide applications or corporate business practices may be valid, but they have nothing to do with the science of GM crops to protect yields, add nutrients, or reduce pesticide applications.</p>
<p>Critics of &ldquo;Roundup Ready&rdquo; corn or soybeans overlook the fact that these herbicide-resistant crops were developed to reduce pesticide use by allowing farmers to apply the single broad-spectrum weed killer Roundup (the same product we use in our yards), rather than multiple applications of &ldquo;harder&rdquo; herbicides.</p>
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Science can easily be misunderstood and misused in the debate over potential risks and benefits of genetically modified (GM) crops. Concerns over farm pesticide applications or corporate business practices may be valid, but they have nothing to do with the science of GM crops to protect yields, add nutrients, or reduce pesticide applications.

Critics of “Roundup Ready” corn or soybeans overlook the fact that these herbicide-resistant crops were developed to reduce pesticide use by allowing farmers to apply the single broad-spectrum weed killer Roundup (the same product we use in our yards), rather than multiple applications of “harder” herbicides. Login for more...



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