It Pays NOT to Cultivate GM Crops

The first economic analysis of growing GM crops found that farmers who decided not to grow them were more successful. The study looked at corn yields in the United States, and found that farmers who did not use GM crops earned more money over a 14-year period.

The farmers who cultivated non-GM varieties benefited from not having to pay the extra costs of purchasing GM seeds.

According to the Independent:

“Previous studies into the economics of growing GM crops have concentrated on the farmers who have taken up the technology, but the latest research looked at a wider area ... GM [corn] ... has a bacterial gene called ‘Bt’ added to it so that the plant excretes a protein which has a toxic effect on the European corn borer, a serious insect pest introduced accidentally into America in 1917.”

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