Saturday 06 October 2012
More lies about GM crops
An agricultural economist says media coverage that gives peer-reviewed science equal weight with unproven claims is to blame for ongoing community concerns about genetically modified crops.
For seven years, Graham Brooks has conducted an annual study of the economic and environmental effects of GM crops around the world.
His most recent paper found that, worldwide, the incomes of farmers growing GM crops have increased $78 billion US dollars since 1996.
But Mr Brooks says it's hard for industry to get that message out.
"The problem is, as I see it, if someone comes up with five perceived negatives, it's given equal media coverage to someone who says here's the five benefits," he said.
"But the five benefits are in peer-reviewed journals and are consistently shown to occur, and the five negatives are made up by somebody."
Source: Argentine Beef Packers S.A.
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