GMO - Myths and Truths

GMO - Myths and Truths

An evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops

Michael Antoniou, Claire Robinson, John Fagan
June 2012


The views and opinions expressed in this paper, or otherwise published by EOS, are those of the
authors and do not represent the official policy, position, or views of other organizations, universities, companies, or corporations that the authors may be affiliated with.

Earth Open Source

Earth Open Source is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assuring the sustainability, security,
and safety of the global food system. It supports agroecological, farmer-based systems that conserve soil, water, and energy and that produce healthy and nutritious food free from unnecessary toxins. It challenges the use of pesticides, artificial fertilizer and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on the grounds of the scientifically proven hazards that they pose to health and the environment and because of the negative social and economic impacts of these technologies. Earth Open Source holds that our crop seeds and food system are common goods that belong in the hands of farmers and citizens, not of the GMO and chemical industry.
Earth Open Source has established three lines of action, each of which fulfils a specific aspect of its mission:

● Science and policy platform
● Scientific research
● Sustainable rural development.


...Based on the evidence presented in this report, it is clear that GM technology has failed to deliver on its promises. GM technology is fundamentally unsound and poses scientifically proven risks to human and animal health, as well as the environment. Te claims made for the benefits of GM crops are highly exaggerated and GM crop technology has been shown to be unsustainable. It is not necessary to accept the risks posed by GM crops when conventional breeding – sometimes assisted by safe biotechnologies such as marker assisted selection – continues to successfully produce crops that are high-yielding, drought-tolerant, climate-ready, pest- and disease-resistant, and nutritious. Conventional breeding, the existing crop varieties developed by farmers worldwide, and agroecological farming methods, are proven effective methods of meeting our current and future food needs.

GMO - Myths and Truths


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