GE CROPS! In the first 15 years of commercial use, herbicide-resistant crops increased pesticide use by 500 million pounds. And in 2011 alone, GE crops used 20 percent more pesticides on average than non-GE crops. In short: GE crops drive up the use of pesticides, leaving farmers and local communities to pay the price.
In addition to the damage herbicide drift can inflict on neighboring crops, more use of these chemicals exposes those living on or near farms to unnecessary health risks. 2,4-D, for example, has been linked to birth defects, neurological damage and cancer — and children are especially susceptible to its effects. Pesticide Action Network