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I was just hunting down links re the IAASTD report, and was about to read the Global Summary, so thanks for this diary.

Concerning GM crops' capacity to produce more and so "feed the world", apart from the obvious objection that producing more in productivist terms means increasing petro- and aqua-inputs, interesting evidence comes from Kansas State University that GM crops (in this case, soy) don't perform as well yieldwise as non-GM. (See today's Salon). So Beachy's "the over-precaution on the issue of GM in the face of strong scientific evidence to the contrary was partly to blame for the current world food crisis" looks even more unbalanced. The notion that GM crops have higher yields is a commonplace, but false.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Apr 20th, 2008 at 12:10:39 PM EST
Well he has to blow his own horn, as billions of dollars are in the balance for the companies he represents. Greenpeace has posted a fairly persuasive argument a while ago (can't find the damn link) but here is another great source of info: http://www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.cfm
by Asinus Asinum Fricat (patric.juillet@gmail.com) on Sun Apr 20th, 2008 at 12:20:30 PM EST
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Variation on the old toothpaste advertisments:

9 out of 10 agricultural scientists employed by Monsanto think GM crops are just ducky-wonderful and will Save the Day!

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Apr 20th, 2008 at 01:24:40 PM EST
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After hearing some of how Monsanto et al makes business, I think abolishing patents and such on biological processes would bring the GMOs crashing down. They use EULAs on seedbags to get farmers to sign away their rights, and sue those that will not buy it. Can you prove that their GMOs has not spread to your land, making you guilty of infringing on their imaginary property? Can you defend yourself against tons of lawyers?

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Apr 22nd, 2008 at 01:27:33 PM EST
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