Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Statistics and "Doubts About GMOs"

Last Saturday, an article in The New York Times summarized the results of the newspaper’s “extensive examination” of United Nations data, and a recent National Academy of Sciences report, which concluded that  “genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides.”
                For the most part, the reaction to The Times article has paralleled the contentious rhetoric of the US Presidential election, so this thoughtful evaluation of the newspaper’s statistical analysis by an “independent” is refreshing. 

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