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Damning New Study: GMOs Cause Massive Overuse of Pesticides; Data Sheds Light on Why Pesticide Companies Lead Opposition to Prop 37

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 2, 17, 2012
Contact: Stacy Malkan, (510) 542-9224; stacy@carighttoknow.org

As Californians prepare to vote on a proposition to label genetically engineered foods, a new peer-reviewed study reveals that genetically engineered crops have increased pesticide use by hundreds of millions of pounds. The problem will intensify if the new round of GMO crops is approved, as Reuters reported today.

“This study raises serious questions about whether we want to drown our crops in pesticides and feed them to our children,” said Yes on 37 campaign manager Gary Ruskin. “As we see from the data, GMOs are a fantastic boon for the pesticide industry. That’s why the world’s largest pesticide companies have spent nearly $20 million to defeat Proposition 37 and our right to know what’s in our food.”

The study “shatters one of industry’s long-standing myths” that GMOs reduce pesticide use, according to Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, PhD, senior scientist at Pesticide Action Network.  

“It’s clear from USDA data that genetically engineered crops have driven up overall pesticide use across the country, including 400 million more pounds of pesticides. And the increase in pesticide use is expected to continue unless we change the course of our food and farming system,” Dr. Ishii-Eiteman said in a statement.

Also see: Pesticide Action Network statement  and Summary of existing research on GMOs.

Peer-reviewed study by Chuck Benbrook, PhD, research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University.

 Reuters: “Pesticide use is ramping up as GMO technology backfires: study”

 For more information on Prop. 37, visit www.carighttoknow.org. 

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