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Report Reveals that GM Seeds Encourage Pesticides Use, Contribute to Growth of Superweeds

Common Dreams - A new report out today, Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use in the United States: The First Thirteen Years [pdf] authored by Dr. Charles Benbrook, chief scientist at The Organic Center, reveals that the use of genetically modified (GM) corn, soy and cotton crops has increased the amount of pesticides used in the past 13 years by 318 million pounds.

This information comes to light as the industry struggles to position itself as providing environmental benefit through use of bt technology - insecticide producing seeds - savings from which are diminished in light of a six times greater herbicide usage. Read more.

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