An international report on genetically manipulated (GM) foods and crops was launched on World Food Day, October 16. The report was coordinated by Dr Vandana Shiva - international GM-free advocate, scientist and recent Sydney Peace Prize recipient. The synthesis report, ‘The Emperor Has No Clothes A Global Citizens Report on the State of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) - False Promises, Failed Technologies’, is published by Navdanya (India), Navdanya International, the International Commission on the Future of Food with the participation of the Center for Food Safety.
The report highlights scientific research and experience from around the globe that show GM seeds and crops have failed to deliver on their promises. The epidemic of weeds with resistance to the herbicides used on GM crops, new scientific evidence and warnings that GMOs may harm human health and environment, and failure to increase food production are explained.
The United States section, where 50% of all GM crops are grown, reveals top food and agricultural firms spent more than $547 million lobbying the USA Congress between 1999 and 2009. More than 100 World Food Day events were held throughout the USA, demanding GM food labeling that was the biggest single day of GM-free action in US history.
We have been repeatedly told that genetically engineered (GE) crops will save the world by increasing yields and producing more food - they will save the world by controlling pests and weeds, by reducing chemical use in agriculture, with GE drought tolerant seeds and other seed traits that will provide resilience in times of climate change. However, the GE emperor (Monsanto) has no clothes. All of these claims have been established as false over years of experience all across the world.
The Global Citizens Report ‘The GMO Emperor Has No Clothes’ brings together evidence from the ground of Monsanto’s and the industry’s false promises and failed technology. Contrary to the claim of feeding the world, genetic engineering has not increased the yield of a single crop. Navdanya’s research in India has shown that contrary to Monsanto’s claim of Bt cotton yield of 1500 kg per acre, the reality is that the yield is an average of 400-500 kg per acre.
Although Monsanto’s Indian advertising campaign reports a 50 percent increase in yields for its Bollgard cotton, a survey conducted by the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology found that the yields in all trial plots were lower than what the company promised.
Failure to Yield, a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists in the U.S., has established that genetic engineering has not contributed to yield increases in any crop. According to this report, increases in crop yields in the U.S. are due to yield characteristics of conventional crops, not genetic engineering. This is backed by Australian research that shows that conventional canola crops outperform GE canola crops.
To download the 245 page The Emperor Has No Clothes report visit: www.navdanyainternational.it/images/doc/Full_Report_Rapporto_completo.pdf