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More and more, important information about our crops and the food they produce is coming from companies that are interested in showing only the positive side of their products.

For many decades prior to genetic engineering, farmers relied on university agriculture extension scientists to perform tests comparing new and standard crop varieties.

But it is increasingly difficult for university scientists to conduct these important tests on GE varieties, because they are prohibited from doing research on GE crops without company permission.

And when scientists do receive permission to do research, it is usually with strings attached that restrict the usefulness of the studies for comparing crop varieties.

The Real Scoop by Doug Gurian-Sherman

While genetic engineering has so far failed to deliver drought-tolerant crops, modern plant breeders are successfully creating varieties that will help farmers in developed and developing countries alike.