For example, debates about the futility of GMO crops in improving yields or sustainability came to a pause with a recent article published in the New York Times, Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops.
Fears about the harmful effects of eating G.M. foods have proved to be largely without scientific basis. The potential harm from pesticides, however, has drawn researchers’ attention. Pesticides are toxic by design — weaponized versions, like sarin, were developed in Nazi Germany — and have been linked to developmental delays and cancer.
The graphic below shows how the increase in % of planted acreage favoring stacked herbicide-tolerant (HT) crops and insect-resistant crops (abbreviated Bt for the gene from the soil bacterium, bacillus thuringiensis) has evolved over the last 16 years.
There is a definite profit motive evident in just one prevailing use for corn crops--grain. In addition, we are aware of fructose corn syrup showing up as an uninvited guest and cheap sweetener in a variety of processed foods.
5 Reasons High Fructose Corn Syrup Will Kill You--Dr. Mark Hyman
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