Environmental Myths Archives

  • Sep 1, 2014 0

    Myth: GMO Technology Results in Critical, Innovative Products

    GMO products aren’t as remarkable as biotech companies would have you believe: Biotech companies Monsanto and DuPont sell “trans fat-free” soybeans, an entirely superfluous invention with a “healthy” veneer. GMO Golden Rice is genetically engineered to contain beta-carotene, and is mark...

  • Sep 1, 2014 7

    Myth: GMOs Help Family Farmers and Benefit the Economy

    While purveyors of this technology, like Monsanto, reap incredible financial rewards, studies indicate that small farmers are being squeezed out of the industry or are forced to be little more than sharecroppers, perpetually in debt to the large companies that hold their crops hostage: • In 2013, ...

  • Sep 1, 2014 0

    Myth: GMOs Will Feed the World

    The biotech industry claims that GMO crops deliver higher crop yields. The facts, however, do not bear this out. According to a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists: Only one kind of GMO corn (corn that has been genetically altered to express the bacterial Bt toxin, which is poisonous to ce...

  • Sep 1, 2014 0

    Myth: GMOs Can Coexist With Organic and Conventional Crops

    The ability of conventional and organic farmers to produce GMO-free food, as well as the ability of consumers to buy GMO-free products, is being threatened by the biotech industry: GMO seeds can drift and contaminate organic crops. More than 30% of farmers seeking to grow organic crops reported t...

  • Sep 1, 2014 0

    Myth: GMOs Are Environmentally Friendly

    GMOs are not environmentally friendly, and have not lessened the use of toxic chemicals—in fact, they’ve increased it. Many crops are genetically modified to withstand the use of extremely toxic herbicides like Roundup. However, weeds are becoming increasingly tolerant of Roundup, creating ...

  • Sep 1, 2014 0

    Myth: GMO Technology is Natural, and Just Like Crossbreeding

    The biotech industry would have us believe that genetic modification is “natural,” and the same as crossbreeding (which farmers have undertaken for thousands of years). However: Natural breeding usually only takes place between closely related forms of life—mixing genetic material from diffe...