Crop Biotech Update

Paarlberg: GM Crops Produce Higher Yields

April 13, 2012

Conventional farming practices today is "dramatically different" from that in 1960, according to American political scientist Robert Paarlberg. In a discussion at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, Paarlberg mentioned that the one big factor affecting today's high crop yields is the commercial production of disease- and insect resistant crops through biotechnology. Biotech crops such as maize and soybean resist insects and weeds without using herbicides and pesticides.

In the discussion "The Culture War Over Food and Farming", Paarlberg noted that modern farming, including the use of GM seeds, has increased yields using less fertilizer and water, and fewer pesticides.