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U.S. Academy of Sciences Tracks Benefits of Plant Biotech but Cautions on Dwindling Returns

1:53 PM MDT | April 27, 2010 | Rebecca Coons

The widespread adoption of genetically modified (GM) crops has had numerous benefits on farm yield and environmental impact, but growing resistance by weeds to glyphosate, the most commonly applied herbicide used in conjunction with GM crops, could undermine those economic and environmental benefits, according to a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS; Washington). Growers need to adopt better management practices to ensure that beneficial environmental effects of GM crops continue, the report says. “Many American farmers are enjoying higher...

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