This article finds that Bt maize in South Africa has minimally benefitted small farmers and recommends instead the development of cheaper non-GM stress-tolerant maize varieties better suited to small-farm agroecology to ensure improved food security.
A meta-analysis to assess the potential of Bt crops pyramided with two or more toxins to delay pest resistance development has found that the pyramids are less effective than assumed and that cross-resistance often occurs.
The USDA’s approval of Monsanto’s GE dicamba-resistant soy and cotton has been criticized for ignoring farmers’ concerns and downplaying the risks of significant environmental, agronomic and socioeconomic harm.
Recent research from Panama raises questions on the strategy of releasing GM Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in a bid to control dengue, given the close similarities it has with another mosquito species, Aedes albopictus.
The largest meta-analysis to date on organic vs. conventional farming has found a smaller yield gap, and in some cases, none at all between the two, compared to previous findings.Thus, organic farming with agroecological practices can deliver high yields.