Debate is not likely to end soon on the technology's impact on abstract fields like economics. But it doesn't seem to be any more conclusive in fields ground in empirical data. Indeed the work of researchers funded by a grant from the American Association for the Advancement of Science would seem to suggest scientists are also confused about the technology's impact on the environment.
Even so, the studies note certain facts.
-The use of biotech products reduces the amount of
chemicals sprayed on the ground.
-Some so called non-target insects can be harmed or
killed by certain biotech products.
-Resistance can be passed from target plants to non-
-Genetically engineered strains of plants can and will
provide greater health benefits than their non-
transgenic counter parts
Scientists from both sides of this contentious issue feel the report is fair and balanced. Those who were unconvinced of the efficacy of the products in the first place remain unconvinced the products are safe. At the same time, proponents of GMOs stand solidly behind the opinion that careful study shows the products will not impact the environment in a harmful manner.
More study is expected.