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Conflicting reports on pesticide use on GM crops

Two starkly different assessments of the impact of genetically modified crops on pesticide use were presented this month. The US Organic Center claims that the cultivation of GM crops increased US pesticide use by 318.4 million lbs (144,424 tonnes) between 1996 and 2008. However, UK consultancy PG Economics points to a global decline in pesticide use of 359,000 tonnes on GM crops between 1996 and 2007.

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