Much of the controversy surrounding genetically modified crops is the scientifically unsupported fear that they are unsafe to eat. About twenty years ago, the US and Canada began embracing GMO technology in agriculture with the promise that by making crops more immune to pests and disease, they would grow more and feed the world’s growing population while reducing pesticide use at the same time. Europe, on the other hand, rejected using GMOS. Despite this and the expected trend, research by the New York Times in 2016 shows that the United States and Canada have gained no discernible advantage in food per acre when measured against Western Europe. Meanwhile, herbicide use has increased in the US while it has decreased in France. The results of this discrepancy should have been the opposite, which raises doubts about the promised bounty of GMOs.