Friends of the Earth.

GMWatch reports on the latest Friends of the Earth (FOE) report: "Who Benefits from GM crops? Feeding the biotech giants, not the world's poor."

Among other things, the FOE report mentions these facts that the biotech giants do not want us to hear:

1.ARE GM CROPS TAKING OVER GLOBAL AGRICULTURE?
*GM makes up only 2.4% of global agricultural crop land
*50% of GM crops grown in the US, 30% in Argentina and Brazil, 20% elsewhere
*3% of cropland in India and China is planted with GM crops,most of that is GM cotton

2.ARE GM CROPS EXPANDING IN EUROPE?
*in the 27 countries of the EU, GM crop cultivation represents a mere 0.21% of agricultural land
*the area of GM crops being grown has actually fallen in Europe every year since 2005

3.WHAT GM CROPS ARE BEING GROWN?
*only four crops - soya, maize, cotton and canola (oilseed rape) - comprise virtually 100% of GM agriculture
*GM rice, wheat, tomatoes, sweetcorn, potatoes and popcorn have all been rejected as unacceptable in the global marketplace

4.DO GM CROPS MATCH THE HYPE?
*none of the GM crops on the market are modified for increased yield potential
*some studies show GM crops reduce yield
*disease-tolerant GM crops are practically non-existent
*the GM industry has not marketed a single GM crop with enhanced nutrition, drought-tolerance, salt-tolerance or any of the other 'beneficial' GM traits long-promised by the industry
*there are no commercially available GM crops designed for biofuels

5.ARE GM CROPS REDUCING PESTICIDE USE?
*almost all GM crops involve just 2 traits, mainly just one trait - herbicide tolerance
*herbicide tolerance is found in over 80% of all GM crops planted worldwide
*GM crops have contributed substantially to increased pesticide use 
*most new GM crop varieties are also pesticide-promoting
*GM crops have caused an epidemic of herbicide-resistant weeds
*this is encouraging the use of more toxic petsicides, including ones banned in some European countries

6.WHO BENEFITS FROM GM CROPS?
*the real beneficiaries are the GM companies which profit from patents, expensive GM seeds, and increased pesticide sales
*Monsanto is the world's largest seed firm
*Monsanto holds a near monopoly in the biotech "traits" incorporated in GM seeds
*Monsanto is the world's fifth largest pesticide firm
*Monsanto markets Roundup, the world's biggest selling pesticide

Read the full report from FOE here:

http://www.foeeurope.org/GMOs/Who_Benefits/full_report_2009.pdf

So the good news is, the GM lobby is lying through its teeth when it says that GM acceptance is 'simply a matter of time'. How many of you know someone who actually goes to a super-market and asks FOR GM-produce? And if not, why not?