Are GMO crops economically advantageous to farmers?
Scientific studies, including an analysis of the 1998 to 2001 USDA crop costs and yields reports, have shown that farmers do not benefit economically by planting GMO crops. Farmers who plant GMO crops actually may have a more difficult time finding markets for their crops since they are banned for import by a number of European and other nations. In addition, their neighbors’ GMO crops often negatively affect farmers who don’t wish to plant GMO seeds when cross-pollination of GMO crops into non-GMO crops occurs. Seed corporations sue farmers who have saved and planted their own seeds for patent infringement if GMO crop genes have spread into the farmers’ fields, despite the fact that the violation was unknowing and unwilling. www.leopold.iastate.edu/pubs/nwl/2001/2001-4-leoletter.pdf www.percyschmeiser.