Do GM crops increase yield, reduce pesticide use, deliver more nutritious foods or help with climate change? And what is the evidence of this?
‘10 questions about GM foods’, a new short report from the authors of ‘GMO Myths and Truths’, was published in August 2015 as a free download by the sustainability and science policy platform Earth Open Source.
Claire Robinson, co-author of the new report with genetic engineers Dr Michael Antoniou and Dr John Fagan, said:
“At just 11 pages plus references, ’10 questions’ is designed for people who may not have the time to read ‘GMO Myths and Truths’, which extends to 330 pages. ’10 questions’ is ideal for giving to friends, family, politicians, and journalists, when a longer document is not appropriate.
“ ‘10 questions’ explores the big questions around GMOs, and presents the evidence that inevitably leads to the conclusion that there is no credible evidence for claims that GM crops increase yield, reduce pesticide use, help humanity meet the challenges of climate change, deliver more nutrition, and are safe to eat and for the environment.
“Internationally, the biggest questions about GMOs are related to their ability to ‘feed the world’ and their impact on food security. Deeply linked to issues of patenting and intellectual property rights, these questions ultimately lead to the question of who is the sovereign power in a country where the food supply is ultimately controlled by a multinational corporation.”
‘10 questions’ is based on the extensive evidence collected in ‘GMO Myths and Truths’.