Comment on sustainability and innovation in staple crop production in the US Midwest (2014)
Type of ContentJournal Article
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury. School of Forestry
In a recent article Heinemann et al. (2013) focused “on the US staple crop agrobiodiversity, particularly maize” using the contrast between the yield of Western Europe and United States as a proxy for the comparison between genetically modified (GM) maize versus non-GM maize. They found no yield benefit from using GM maize when comparing the United States to Western Europe.
In addition, Heinemann et al. contrasted wheat yields across United States and Western Europe to highlight the superiority of the European biotechnological package from a sustainability viewpoint.
I am compelled to comment on two aspects that led the authors to draw incorrect conclusions on these issues. My statistical code and data are available as supplementary material.
CitationApiolaza, L.A. (2014) Comment on sustainability and innovation in staple crop production in the US Midwest. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 12(4), pp. 383-386.
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ANZSRC Fields of Research07 - Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences::0703 - Crop and Pasture Production
30 - Agricultural, veterinary and food sciences::3002 - Agriculture, land and farm management::300210 - Sustainable agricultural development
10 - Technology::1001 - Agricultural Biotechnology
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