Superweeds? Suicides? Stealthy genes? The true, the false and the still unknown about transgenic crops.
Here, Nature takes a look at three pressing questions: are GM (Genetically modified) crops fueling the rise of herbicide-resistant ‘superweeds’? Are they driving farmers in India to suicide? And are the foreign transgenes in GM crops spreading into other plants? These controversial case studies show how blame shifts, myths are spread and cultural insensitivities can inflame debate.
The article concludes - GM crops have bred superweeds: True
GM cotton has driven farmers to suicide: False
Transgenes spread to wild crops in Mexico: Unknown