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Failure of GMO crop technologies leads to huge increase in herbicide, pesticide use

• naturalnews.com
 A new research paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Sciences Europe explains how, today, conventional farmers are dousing their crops with more pesticides than ever -- and as long as GMOs remain in the food supply, pesticide use will only continue to escalate.

The report, authored by Charles Benbrook, a research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University (WSU), spells out how overall pesticide use on conventional crops has risen by 404 million pounds since 1996 when GMOs were first introduced. Similarly, herbicide use has increased by more than 527 million pounds, contradicting industry claims that GMOs would reduce the need for such crop chemicals.


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