08 Feb '12, 12pm

Monsanto Fails UCS Test for Sustainable Agriculture

Monsanto Fails UCS Test for Sustainable Agriculture

The first seven claims are all important and indisputable. The last claim goes right to the heart of Monsanto’s raison d’etre . Its credibility comes down to whose numbers you believe. But even if Monsanto’s products do improve yields slightly, does that justify the other seven unsustainable impacts? The company insists that they are achieving higher yields through their engineered traits, and gives examples of increases of as much as 50 percent. On the other hand, UCS published a study called, “Failure to Yield ,” in which they claim that, “genetically engineering herbicide-tolerant soybeans and herbicide-tolerant corn has not increased yields. Insect-resistant corn, meanwhile, has improved yields only marginally. The increase in yields for both crops over the last 13 years, the report found, was largely due to traditional breeding or improvements in agricultural practices.”

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/02/monsanto-fails-ucs-te...

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