Report Concludes "Failure to Yield" Plagued by Misleading Information, Inappropriate Use of Data, Omissions and Inconsistencies
Agricultural research firm PG Economics Limited of Dorchester, UK has released an analysis of the Union of Concerned Scientists report “Failure to Yield.” The study concludes “that the UCS report title does not reflect the report findings. Fundamentally, the UCS report confirms that GM crop technology has improved crop yields and productivity in the US.”
The PG Economics report states: “The headline to the release also says ‘failure to yield’, yet the detailed content of the report shows the opposite and subsequently acknowledges that GM insect resistant corn has increased (operational) yields in the US.”
The report also provides “The Real Impact of GM Crop Technology:”
Peer reviewed research in scientific journals consistently shows that GM crop technology has delivered substantial economic and environmental advantages. In the first eleven years of commercial use (1996-2006), incomes of the 10.25 million farmers using the technology increased by over $33.8 billion and pesticide use is 7.8% lower (a savings of 286 million kg of active ingredient) than it would otherwise have been if this technology had not been used. The reductions in the use of insecticides and herbicides, coupled with a switch to more environmentally benign herbicides, have delivered significant net environmental gains. Important savings in carbon dioxide emissions were also made, equivalent to removing over 6.5 million cars from the roads in 2006.