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Monsanto questions GM report claims

(Friday, Sept. 20, 2002 -- CropChoice news) --

ABC News Online, 09/20/02:Genetically-modified (GM) crop manufacturer Monsanto says a report claiming GM products have been a failure in the United States does not correspond with the figures.

The report by Britain's main certifier of organic food, the UK Soil Association, claims GM crops have not delivered the benefits US farmers were promised.

But Monsanto spokesman Brian Arnst says in North America there has been a 15 per cent increase in GM acreage each year since 1996.

He says the technology is already seen in 30 per cent of corn, 50 per cent of cotton and 70 per cent of soya beans.

He says that does not sound like failure.

"There's a lot of reasons farmers are using these crops. They're more flexible, they believe they're better for the environment," he said.

"At the end of the day farmers are better off. That sort of information...would seem to be opposite to what they're claiming in this soil report."

See the story at http://www.abc.net.au/news/business/2002/09/item20020920124940_1.htm