March 5th, 2013

Greenwashing GM Crops

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The biotechnology industry is aggressively promoting the environmental sustainability of genetically modified (GM) crops. The industry claims that GM crops can reduce herbicide use, increase yields to feed a hungry planet, and develop new crops that are adapted to climate change.

Monsanto advertises that biotech crops can feed the world “from a raindrop,” suggesting that GM crops are especially climate change resistant. But this greenwashing doesn’t change the reality of “agribusiness as usual:” using GM crops along with more agrochemicals, more fossil fuels and more intensive agricultural production.