QWhy are genetically modified crops increasing the use of herbicides and pesticides? I thought the claim was that they would decrease use?

Why are genetically modified crops increasing the use of herbicides and pesticides? I thought the claim was that they would decrease use?

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Posted on March 1, 2018
There are many ingredients in livestock feeds. The most common ingredients that might be genetically modified (GM) crops are corn, soybeans, and alfalfa hay. The safety of these feeds being fed to livestock has been evaluated in hundreds of studies with no adverse effects on animal health. The percentage of actual genetically modified DNA ingested by the animal is extremely small, much less than 1 percent of their total intake. We can say, unequivocally, that GMOs present no potential for harm... Read More
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Posted on February 28, 2018
In addition to the below response, in this recent response from Chris Barbey, PhD Student, Plant Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Florida, he addresses the non-browning apples in more detail.
Posted on March 2, 2018
While biodiversity is an important issue, the relationship to agriculture and to agricultural crop protection chemicals is a bit complex.  First of all, since its beginnings 10,000 or more years ago, farming has been quite intentionally an effort to make one plant species dominant in any given tended area or field.  From the plant biodiversity side, the struggle has always been with other plant species that are particularly “weedy” which means they are well adapted to... Read More
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