GMO Truths and Untruths


Majid Ali, M.D.

Do genetically modified crops increase food yield? Scientific answer: No.

Do genetically modified crops decrease pesticide use? Answer: No.


How would the New York Times answer the above two questions? Consider the following two headlines  of its large article on October 10, 2016:

Front Page Headline:

Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops

Page 37 Headline:

Broken Promises of Genetically Modified Crops


Here is a direct quote from the Times article:

An analysis by The Times using United Nations data showed that the United States and Canada have gained no discernible advantage in yields — food per acre — when measured against Western Europe, a region with comparably modernized agricultural producers like France and Germany. Also, a recent National Academy of Sciences reportfound that “there was little evidence” that the introduction of genetically modified crops in the United States had led to yield gains beyond those seen in conventional crops.


Here is some more text from the Times Article:

European anger at the idea of fooling with nature has been far more sustained. In the last few years, the March Against Monsanto has drawn thousands of protesters in cities like Paris and Basel, Switzerland, and opposition to G.M. foods is a foundation of the Green political movement. Still, Europeans eat those foods when they buy imports from the United States and elsewhere.



Genetically modified foods have been heavily promoted with false information.  


Designer Toxins.

Pesticides are toxic by design — weaponized versions, like sarin, were developed in Nazi Germany — and have been linked to developmental delays and cancer.

“These chemicals are largely unknown,” said David Bellinger, a professor at the Harvard University School of Public Health, whose research has attributed the loss of nearly 17 million I.Q. points among American children 5 years old and under to one class of insecticides. “We do natural experiments on a population,” he said, referring to exposure to chemicals in agriculture, “and wait until it shows up as bad.”

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