Eco-soundings, The Guardian, 13 September 2006 http://society.guardian.co.uk/societyguardian/story/0,,1870543,00.html
Anyone who believed the hype and imagined that GM was the only way to increase crop yields should consider last week's anouncement by the Egyptian government of their best-ever rice harvest. Farmers using conventional seeds grew a record average of 9.5 tonnes per hectare. Meanwhile, GM giant Monsanto says it wants to get into growing biofuel crops, but has rejected the use of genetic engineering. A spokesman says conventional breeding techniques are "quicker".
For more on these stories see 'World-beating rice yield without GM': http://www.lobbywatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=7004
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