Who benefits from GM crops?
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:
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?