‘Broken Promises Of Genetically Modified Crops:’ Huge NY Times Investigation Exposes The Truth About GMOs, Monsanto’s Biggest Lies

The mainstream media hasn’t exactly been a friend of the non-GMO and organic movement, perhaps in large part due to the influence of the Big Food (read: pro-GMO), advertisers that support them.

But a new report and investigation by The New York Times may have just shifted that paradigm, offering readers a breath of fresh air: a straightforward, thorough analysis of Monsanto and the Biotech industry’s lofty claims that doesn’t deal in industry talking points, but instead simply sticks to the facts.
The report, titled: ‘Broken Promises of Genetically Modified Crops (as well as a related article titled ‘Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops’), by Karl Russell and Danny Hakim, is already front page news at a time when the presidential election and its associated scandals have dominated the headlines.
And it takes on the most overlooked aspects of the GMO debate that the average American is still mostly clueless about.
GM Crops Not Increasing Yields or Decreasing Pesticides, Report Says 
Are Monsanto and other companies’ genetically engineered crops really needed to “feed the world” by “increasing yields,” and do they actually reduce pesticide yields as claimed or not?
Lost in the debate over whether GMOs are safe or not are these key claims, the authors note in the report, which can be read by clicking on this link.
The aforementioned claims used as justification for the ongoing GM experiment on our food supply, but the Times’ investigation (which includes a reference to the March Against Monsanto movement as part of the massive backlash against the company and its crops) again casts serious doubt on that assertion.
“An extensive examination by the New York Times indicates that the debate has missed a more basic problem (than GE foods’ safety), genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides,” the Times authors state.
Compared with Europe, where GMOs are widely banned and not cultivated due to public rejection over health and environmental risks, the data yielded an interesting result to say the least.

“Twenty years ago, Europe largely rejected genetic modification at the same time the United States and Canada were embracing it,” the authors continue. “Comparing the results on two continents, using independent data as well as academic and industry research, shows how the technology has fallen short of the promise.”
The report includes several charts plotting crop yields and pesticide use of the two continents, showing how GMOs have failed to live up to their promises.
Among the highlights:
-In the last three decades, corn yields in Western Europe (sans GMOs) have largely kept pace with those in the United States
-Sugar beet yields in Western Europe, non-GMO compared with the almost exclusively GMO U.S. crop, have actually increased more sharply
-Much of the growth in pesticides in the U.S. (not a decline as Monsanto often states) is attributed to the use of Roundup, with its active ingredient (and probable human carcinogen) glyphosate
“The industry is winning on both ends because the same companies make both the genetically modified plants and the poisons,” the authors note in the article.
Hakim and Russell supplement their analysis with interviews with both Monsanto’s chief technology officer Robert T. Fraley and a German researcher the company often cites in order to back their boasts about the supposed benefits of GMOs — but he had something surprising to say when pressed on Monsanto’s claims.
For more info on what he said, as well as Fraley’s response, do yourself a favor and check out the full article by clicking here.
And please share this information far and wide, because reports of this caliber, depth, and courage to challenge the system don’t come around too often these days in the mainstream media, especially when it comes to the truth about GMOs.

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