Biotech firms seem to have succeeded in convincing the European Commission that we need new genetically modified crops to tackle climate change. They argue that by enhancing crops’ resistance to drought or improving their ability to capture carbon, climate change may no longer seem such a daunting challenge. If this seems too good to be true, unfortunately, it is.
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As this Brunel University news article points out, Biotech firms have been trying to sell genetically modified crops to Europe for decades now. But European citizens have consistently refused to accept them, largely due to concerns over corporate control, health, and the environment. The biotech industry’s claim that genetically modified crops are supposedly needed to tackle climate change is simply the latest in a long line of fictitious ideas that are being pushed as a means of countering the overwhelming public opposition.
Growing genetically modified crops results in farms becoming dependent on agricultural inputs such as synthetic fertilizers and pesticides derived from fossil fuels. Significantly, therefore, studies indicate that adopting this approach contributes to soil degradation and the decline of biodiversity. It also heightens susceptibility to pests and diseases, prompting the need for alternative, potentially even more harmful herbicides and pesticides.
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