The Promise of GMOs: Herbicides

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This is a part of the series The Promise of GMOs. Do GMOs live up to the promises of the biotech industry? In the case of decreasing herbicide use and improving the environmental impact, there is data to back up industry claims.

The Promise of GMOs: Conservation Tillage

A no-till system with young corn plants growing in wheat residues. Photo by CIMMYT via Flickr.

This is a part of the series The Promise of GMOs. Do GMOs live up to the promises of the biotech industry? In the case of increasing conservation tillage, there is data to back up industry claims.

The Promise of GMOs: Mycotoxins

Maize ear showing cottony growth caused by Fusarium ear rot (Gibberella fujikuroi, anam. Fusarium moniliforme). The fungus produces the mycotoxin fumonisin. Photo by Thomas Lumpkin of CIMMYT via Flickr.

This is a part of the series The Promise of GMOs. Do GMOs live up to the promises of the biotech industry? In the case of reducing dangerous mycotoxins, there is data to back up industry claims.

The Promise of GMOs: Nutrition

Soybeans, oil, and meal. Image from the  United Soybean Board via Flickr.

This is a part of the series The Promise of GMOs. Do GMOs live up to the promises of the biotech industry? So far it’s not looking very good. While all of the nutrition-related claims about biotechnology are certainly possible, there are no crops with these types of traits available on the market yet.

The Promise of GMOs

Have GMOs lived up to their promises? I think it depends on who you ask.  There’s many farmers all over the world that happily spend more for traited seed, and who will even use the black market to get seed if it’s not available. Clearly, they say yes, GMOs are worth it.  However, answering this question also depends on what promises have been made. We’ve gotta start somewhere, so let’s look at the claims put forth by BIO, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (h/t Tom Philpott for the link). The source for these claims is the BIO report Healing, Fueling, Feeding: How Biotechnology