If you've followed debates around US agriculture over the past decade, you've surely heard it: Our industrial-scale farms may pollute and overuse water, foul air, destroy soil, harm local economies, and abuse workers, but that's just the cost of providing a crucial humanitarian service: feeding the world. The GMO seed and pesticide giantsMonsanto and DuPont make versions of this argument; so has USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, the California Farm Bureau, and American Soybean Association. But can US exports really help "feed the hungry and malnourished in developing nations around the world," as the industry-funded site Facts About GMOs puts it?
A new report from the Environmental Working Group basically destroys that claim.
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