Biotech Crops Stir Debate

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology responds to recent findings in the New York Times on genetically modified organisms’ promises through news aggregation page. Below are the links provided in the program’s Friday Notes. CAST is a nonprofit whose mission is to share science-based information to the media, policymakers, and other stakeholders.

 All the information below was sourced and aggregated by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST):

When a recent New York Times article claimed that biotech crops have fallen short by not increasing yields or reducing pesticide use, reactions came quickly on internet sites and social media modes. The following links lead to a few of the many examples:

Kevin Folta says the NYTimes article is a “less-than-scientific ball of bias that revolves around the tired old trope that genetically engineered crops have failed to produce as expected.”

The American Soybean Association points out inaccuracies and omissions in the article.

This editorial from EcoWatch reiterates the main findings in the article and calls for more research and scrutiny.

The Genetic Literacy Project says the article is inaccurate and thoroughly misleading.

A Grist writer agrees with some findings in the article but says the author missed several important points.

Note:  OnTwitter, check @AgBioWorld (Dr. Prakash) and @kevinfolta.