SUMMARY: "Since November, China has rejected more than a million metric tons of U.S. corn, citing the use of a certain trait of a genetically-modified corn seed the country has not approved for import. The National Grain and Feed Association says the rejected corn is costing almost $3 billion in economic losses for the U.S. agricultural industry. But as Despite the controversy over so-called GMO corn, it is not hurting current demand, or price."
Feb 24 (Reuters) - After more than 15 years of using genetically modified crops, U.S. farmers are continuing to see an array of benefits, but the impacts on the environmental and on food production are mixed, and high farmer use of a popular herbicide on GMO crops is a cause for ongoing concern, according to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“GMO seeds have not been shown to definitively increase yield potentials”
and “in fact, the yields of herbicide-tolerant or insect-resistant seeds
may be occasionally lower than the yields of conventional varieties.”
A February 2014 U.S. Department of Agriculture report declared what many
scientists already knew: There are no significant differences in yields of
GMO and non-GMO crops. When asked about the USDA report, the chief
technology officer for Monsanto declared, “American farmers are smart and
wouldn’t adapt a technology that didn’t have tangible benefits.”
*Moderator’s Note:* Since 1992, when I joined the Board of Directors of the
Council for Responsible Genetics
I have carefully monitored scientific developments related to the predictive
ecology and public health and environmental health impacts of transgenic
technologies. Throughout this period, there have been very few moments when
former or current EPA, USDA, or FDA scientists served as ‘whistleblowers’
on the dismal and ultimately unscientific processes these federal agencies
In the first ever testing on glyphosate in the breast milk of American women, civil society groups have found "high" levels in 3 out of the 10 samples tested - suggesting that glyphosate does bioaccumulate.
* Pilot study shows build-up of glyphosate herbicide in mothers’ bodies
* Urine testing shows glyphosate levels over 10 times higher than in Europe
* Initial testing shows Monsanto and global regulatory bodies are wrong regarding bio-accumulation of glyphosate, leading to serious public health concerns