Herbicide-Resistant Weeds Increase Weed Management Costs for GE Cotton Farmers

A study of U.S. GE cotton producers analyzes the before and after weed management costs following the emergence of weed resistance on their farms, and finds that the average costs of managing weeds is increased by US$98 per hectare. […]

GM Delivers No Advantage in Crop Yields After 20 Years

A new analysis has found that GM crops in the US and Canada have shown no discernible advantage in yields nor led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides when measured against non-GM varieties in Western Europe. […]

Assessing Sustainability of GM Crops and Socioeconomic Considerations

A study using stakeholder consultations on the sustainability of cultivating GM potato in Norway provides important findings for the development of frameworks and guidelines for assessing the sustainability and socio-economic considerations of GM crops. […]

Integrating Socio-Economic Considerations into Biosafety Regulations

An analysis of socio-economic considerations in biosafety regulations in 34 countries reveals the significant challenges, opportunities and needs involved in ensuring an effective, holistic and democratic integration. […]

GM Crops Bring Bare Benefit to Farmers

This report examines the impact of GM crops on farmers and finds that they have not increased yields or farm incomes, have reduced seed diversity, constrained seed exchange, and imposed additional burdens of herbicide-resistant weeds and GM contamination. […]

Comprehensive Studies on the Social Impacts of GM Crops Seriously Lacking

A review of 99 journal articles on the social impacts of GM crops in agriculture has found that very few are comprehensive in nature, focusing mostly on economic impacts in the Global South and presenting rosier results than warranted. […]

Transgenes Found in Small Farmers’ Maize Seed Supplies in South Africa

A study has detected maize transgenes in informal seed supplies of smallholder farmers in Eastern Cape, South Africa, demonstrating the difficulty in preventing transgene flow where crops are grown close by and where seed saving and exchange are common. […]

Socio-Ecological Factors Important in GMO Assessment

This commentary argues that the enforcement of a strict divide between nature and culture or social and ecological systems in Europe’s risk assessment of GMOs is counter-productive, for both robust science and considered ethical action. […]

Assessing If Herbicide-Resistant GM Plants are Sustainable

In an important contribution to the discussion on socio-economic considerations in GMO decision-making, the Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board has published a report on how to assess the sustainability of herbicide-resistant GM plants. […]

Who Benefits from GM Crops?

A report on the impact of GM crops to date has revealed that they have essentially failed to deliver on their promised benefits and that resistance to such crops is increasing across the globe from both governmental and non-governmental sectors. […]