GM crops do not increase yield, reduce pesticide use, deliver more nutritious foods or help with climate change. "10 reasons we don't need GM foods," a new short report from the authors of "GMO Myths and Truths", was published on 23 May 2014 as a free download by the sustainability and science policy platform Earth Open Source.
Claire Robinson, co-author of the new report with genetic engineers Dr Michael Antoniou and Dr John Fagan, said:
"At just 11 pages plus references, '10 reasons' is designed for people who may not have the time to read 'GMO Myths and Truths', which extends to 330 pages. '10 reasons' is ideal for giving to friends, family, politicians, and journalists, when a longer document is not appropriate.
" '10 reasons' explains that GM crops do not increase yield potential or reduce pesticide use. Nor can they help us meet the challenges of climate change any better than existing non-GM crops, or deliver more nutritious foods. GM crops have been shown to have toxic effects on laboratory and farm animals.
"There is only one way in which GM crops outperform non-GM crops: they are easier to patent in a way that guarantees ownership not only of that plant variety but also all plants bred from it. This process enables consolidated ownership of the seed and food market by a few large companies on a scale that has never happened before.
"That is a recipe for loss of food sovereignty and security. It is the opposite to feeding the world – the line we are constantly fed to justify the introduction of GM crops."
“10 reasons” is based on the extensive evidence collected in "GMO Myths and Truths."