Doubts about the promised bounty of genetically modified crops

by Danny Hakim

Arnaud Rousseau, a sixth-generation farmer in France, in a field of rapeseed. Photo: Ed Alcock /The New York Times
Arnaud Rousseau, a sixth-generation farmer in France, in a field of rapeseed. Twenty years ago, Europe largely rejected genetic modification at the same time the United States and Canada were embracing it. Photo: Ed Alcock /The New York Times

Genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides.

 

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