Roundup Ready soy yields tank during Brazil drought
Failure of transgenic crop under pressure heats up debate over allowing GMOs into the country

Posted May 19, 2005: Local growers in drought-stricken Brazil have reported that genetically modified soy yields have dropped more significantly than yields of conventional varieties. The official line has been that the conventional varieties have been adapted to the region while the transgenic crops were largely smuggled into the country and are therefore not attuned to the local climate. (Critics of genetic engineering have said the engineered crops don’t stand up to drought because they overproduce lignan, which makes them brittle and woody.) Whatever the reason for the poor performance, farmers have begun to the horde the drought-superior conventional seed leading to what many predict will be a shortage of conventional soy seed in southern Brazil next year.

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