Peer-reviewed study shows GE increases pesticide use

A peer-reviewed study published this week by Washington State University research professor Charles Benbrook, who served as The Organic Center’s Chief Scientist, shows that herbicide use has increased in the production of genetically engineered (GE) cotton, soybeans and corn. This counter-intuitive finding is based on an exhaustive analysis of publicly available data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The study appears in the open-access journal Environmental Sciences Europe and is available online.

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