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Re: what bad results? USDA report

>I wonder if  prof. Roush has read Charles Benbrook's report on this matter?

Yes, I have.  I have known Chuck since 1984, and have corresponded with him
over  the last few years about transgenic crops. I think that Shane Morris
and Ed Oplinger have summarised all of the issues.  Perhaps I could only
emphasise that growers were so keen to adopt these GM varieties that they
have often used the first varieties available and not necessarily varieties
that were locally adapted.  This is not yield drag, but improper variety
selection, and is being corrected as seed companies introduce the key genes
into new varieties.

In any case, the citical issue from a health and environmental standpoint
is what happens with pesticide use.  It clearly has not increased, and has
generally decreased.