Corn Commentary

Think Tank Supports GM Crops

A California free-market think tank report finds that genetically modified (GM) crop regulations are often based on fear, and encourages evaluating GM crops by comparing their net benefits to current conventional alternative.

The Pacific Research Institute (PRI) released a new report examining the environmental and health concerns associated with genetically modified (GM) crops, called “The Way in Which We Produce Our Food,” by Amy Kaleita, Ph.D. The report concludes that, “Over-regulation of GM crops has little to no environmental benefit, and instead discourages genetic diversity, encourages corporate monopoly, and limits opportunities for farmers on the margins.”

“Increased regulation of genetically modified crops does not have significant environmental or health benefits, and indeed, has a number of negative impacts on both,” said Dr. Kaleita. “The goal is to ensure an adequate and stable food supply, and GM crops can be a means to that end.”

Read a pdf of the study here.