The original promise brought by companies developing genetically-engineered crops was that this technology would increase the yields of crops and decrease the amount of pesticides needed. According to a research study by the New York Times, this has not been the case. In fact, the crop yields have remained similar or the same and even more herbicides are being used.
What is the Point?
Genetic engineering is supposed to make the farming industry more sustainable and it has actually wrecked it. To a large extent, farmers are required to buy genetically-modified seeds in large amounts in order to produce these supposedly ideal crops. In return, they are given some additional benefits financially. The end result is no better than it was before.
Though these seeds do produce larger fruits and vegetables, they do not necessarily produce more and, the nutritional content is questionable at best. There is no more nutritional value in a giant cucumber than there is in one of regular size. Bigger is not really better, so what is the point?
United Nations Data
This research study used data from the United Nations and from Academic studies in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Canada and the United States were quick to adopt genetically-modified crops. Europe was and has been highly resistant. Now the evidence shows why and it is quite shocking.
According to the analysis of data, the US and Canada had absolutely no increases in food per acre yield with the GMO crops as France and Germany had with non-GMO crops. This clearly debunks the assertion that genetically-modified crops are going to solve the hunger crisis or save farmers money.
Increases in Poison
To make matters much worse, the United States has seen a significant rise in the use of herbicides with major crops. Corn, cotton, and soybeans are the hardest hit, with other crops close in tow. This means that the food in America and Canada is actually loaded with more toxic compounds than before and this is all compliments of genetically-modified food.
Glyphosate, the most common herbicide used in the US and Canada is now clearly proven to be linked to the development of cancer. Considering that cancer death rates are higher than ever, it is not surprising that a blind-eye has been turned to this problem. Crops are genetically-modified to handle higher amounts of this herbicide for a reason.
Reality and Possibilities
As it turns out, the United States actually fell behind the largest European food grower recently in terms of crop yields. An example is found with rapeseed crops, with almost the double the yield for conventional crops versus genetically-modified crops. This puts America to shame and shows that this food can be grown in a conventional and potentially organic manner.
This news does not all have to be bad. The same biotechnology that produced these crops can still make better ones. This whole GMO situation should be considered a fail, though. Perhaps science can focus on producing more nutrient-rich crops instead.