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US farmers may stop planting GMs after poor global yields
02-13-2013, 11:39 PM,
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US farmers may stop planting GMs after poor global yields
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http://www.fwi.co.uk/articles/06/02/2013/137518/us-farmers-may-stop-planting-gms-after-poor-global-yields.htm

Robyn Vinter
Wednesday 06 February 2013 08:30
GM crops

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.

Farmers in the USA pay about an extra $100 per acre for GM seed, and many are questioning whether they will continue to see benefits from using GMs.

"It's all about cost benefit analysis," said economist Dan Basse, president of American agricultural research company AgResource.

"Farmers are paying extra for the technology but have seen yields which are no better than 10 years ago. They're starting to wonder why they're spending extra money on the technology."

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.

"Farmers are paying extra for the technology but have seen yields which are no better than 10 years ago."

"Some of these bugs will eat the plant and it will make them sick, but not kill them. It starts off in pockets of the country but then becomes more widespread.

"We're looking at going back to cultivation to control it," said Mr Basse. "I now use insecticides again."

One of the issues if farmers do move back towards non-GMs will be the availability of seed, he said, as around 87% of US farmers plant genetically modified seed.

The top performing countries by crop yield last year were in Asia, in particular China, where farmers do not use GM seed.
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02-14-2013, 01:28 AM,
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That's good.
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02-14-2013, 10:19 AM,
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WIN. This was totally unexpected. Awesome post, Skank.
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02-14-2013, 10:36 AM,
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now when they plant down their own seeds, they will find rouge monsanto plants mixed in, they will be sued into oblivion. it was never about higher yields, everyone knew they didnt improve anything. Its DRM for plants.
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02-14-2013, 11:55 AM,
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RE: US farmers may stop planting GMs after poor global yields
This could cause a massive food shortage. One of those blowback issues that anti-GMO could have created (by design?) provoking the law of unintentional consequences.

Can you even buy real seed anymore. I know in Alberta it has been near impossible to get non-GMO soy and corn since 2008.
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02-16-2013, 06:23 PM, (This post was last modified: 02-16-2013, 06:24 PM by Doomsticks.)
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(02-14-2013, 10:36 AM)rsol Wrote: Its DRM for plants.

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02-16-2013, 06:33 PM,
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(02-14-2013, 11:55 AM)FastTadpole Wrote: This could cause a massive food shortage. One of those blowback issues that anti-GMO could have created (by design?) provoking the law of unintentional consequences.

Can you even buy real seed anymore. I know in Alberta it has been near impossible to get non-GMO soy and corn since 2008.

Now there's an interesting point. Unless some enterprising, or forward-thinking, farmers have non-GMO seeds to replace the GMO variety matched for the particular region, they may have to be imported. What sort of ecological effects will that have considering they grow and fend off pests differently based on region?
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