Researchers Just Released the Longest GMO Study Ever: Here’s What They Found
American researchers have conducted a 14-year study on GM crops. They found GMO farms could increase the use of weed killers while decreasing the use of pest killers.
Genetically-modified crops are a contentious topic in developed societies because of the ongoing debate on the benefits and environmental drawbacks of creating our own versions of naturally occurring organisms.
Now, researchers have conducted a tremendous study in the field — the longest review of genetically modified crops and pesticide use yet.
The team, which included four academics led by economist Federico Ciliberto of the University of Virginia, studied data taken from 5,000 soybean and 5,000 maize farmers in the U.S. And unlike typical studies that look at data from one or two years, this was a 14-year study from 1998 to 2011.
“The fact that we have 14 years of farm-level data from farmers all over the U.S. makes this study very special,” Ciliberto said in a statement. “We have repeated observations of the same farmers and can see when they adopted genetically modified seeds and how that changed their use of chemicals.”
There are two GMO varieties in maize and soybeans: one kills insects and the other tolerates glyphosate, an herbicide commonly used in weed killers.