Who benefits from GM crops? The great climate change swindle

1 September 2010

Claims that genetically modified (GM) crops can solve hunger remain unproven, while a new claim has recently emerged that GM crops will be one of the solutions to combatting climate change. On the basis of these claims,the industry is lobbying hard at the UN's climate change negotiations, in order to have GM crops and industrial farming methods recognized (and financed) as climate change mitigation techniques. This report finds the industrys claims that they will be useful in both tackling and adapting to climate change exaggerated and premature.

This report was produced as part of the "Feeding and Fuelling Europe" project.

    • Agriculture

      Food and farming in Europe and its global impacts

    • Agrofuels

      Plant-based fuels from agriculture. Also known as biofuels

    • EU-US trade deal

      What’s at stake in negotiations for a transatlantic trade agreement

    • Food speculation

      Betting on foodstuffs, and how to regulate it

    • GMOs

      Genetically modified crops and organisms

    • Land

      Measuring Europe’s land footprint and tackling the drivers of land grabbing

    • Nature

      Standing up for our right to nature

    • Nature

      Standing up for our right to nature

    • Resource use

      Europe’s consumption of land, materials, water and carbon

    • Shale gas

      Unconventional oil and gas, and the ‘fracking’ process

    • Tar sands

      Unconventional oil, also known as oil sands

    • Water use

      Measuring Europe’s water footprint