“Some US farmers are considering returning to conventional seed after increased pest resistance and crop failures meant GM crops saw smaller yields globally than their non-GM counterparts.” says Robyn Vinter in Farmers Weekly.
She continues: One of the biggest problems the USA has seen with GM seed is resistance. While it was expected to be 40 years before resistance began to develop pests such as corn rootworm have formed a resistance to GM crops in as few as 14 years.
The top performing countries by crop yield last year were in Asia, in particular China, where farmers do not use GM seed. Read full article.
Sleuth4health says: It seems to me that it’s only a matter of time before savvy farmers figure out that this GE/GM/GMO seed really doesn’t do what it’s purported to do and that Biotech is really just after everyone’s money. I read time and time again that overall yields are lower and resistance is on the rise.
All of these traits that are artificially engineered into the seed slowly lose their effectiveness as nature figures out how to do what it needs to do to further itself.
The question is, is it too late and are the hooks of biotech too tightly wound around seed, farming and food? How do you just stop when the majority of seed (for corn, soy, canola and cotton) has already been genetically modified?
These are the questions of our times. Genetic engineering is not just going on behind the scenes of industrial food production. Pharmaceuticals, some supplements, the field of medicine, energy – huge market sectors are increasingly looking to genetic engineering for the kind of sweeping innovations that make make stock prices soar and stockholders very happy.
The combined technologies are moving very, very fast! And of course, some of these new innovations will truly benefit humankind and make money. I am not trying to make a blanket statement that all genetic engineering is bad. But I also can’t say that it is all good.