Failure to Yield

failure-to-yeild-136pxBy Union of Concerned Scientists

For years the biotechnology industry has trumpeted that it will feed the world, promising that its genetically engineered crops will produce higher yields. That promise has proven to be empty, according to Failure to Yield, a report by UCS expert Doug Gurian-Sherman released in March 2009. Despite 20 years of research and 13 years of commercialization, genetic engineering has failed to significantly increase U.S. crop yields.

DOWNLOAD: Failure to Yield (2009) | Oxfam Statement on “Failure to Yield”

Failure to Yield is the first report to closely evaluate the overall effect genetic engineering has had on crop yields in relation to other agricultural technologies. It reviewed two dozen academic studies of corn and soybeans, the two primary genetically engineered food and feed crops grown in the United States. Based on those studies, the UCS report concluded 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.

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3 responses to “Failure to Yield

  1. This article was rather interesting, considering I myself have been following up on Genetically modified foods. The failure to yeild report was also available on the Greenpeace website, and it was alarming to see how misinformed, and even ignorant we’ve been.

    I’ve started to follow up on effects genetically modified foods as well, and have started a blog where I hope to be putting up some relevant information that might be helpful. If you have an opinion or any feedback, it would be great to hear from you!

  2. Thanks Rady, appreciate the feedback, and will definitely keep the communication channels open.

    We add articles to our blog every week, so if you have any views or suggestions, or even a personal opinion, we’d be happy to hear of it!

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