There is habit among anti-GMO folks to link pesticides + herbicides + GMO + Monsanto into one evil mass. However, many GMO crops are bred to deliver higher yields specifically without the use of pesticides and herbicides. They can grow in places that are suffering drought or flooding, feeding starving people who previously tried to grow "perfect" organic crops, and providing better nutrition than was previously available. GMO crops can and do save lives.
In fact neither organic, conventional nor GMO crops are all evil or all great. But there is an anti-science kneejerk reaction to GMO in many places that has slowed research funding, and therefore slowed the potential to feed the relentlessly growing populations of the world.
Thankfully, that kneejerk reaction seems to be slowing.
(My dad has been a university crop scientist for 55 years so I do feel I know a bit about this... he has developed an important naturally disease resistant crop through selective breeding, incidentally)
Here are some peer reviewed articles on the safety of GMO crops - the source may or may not appeal to you, depending on how little you trust science: http://www.agbioworld.org/biotech-info/articles/biotech-art/peer-reviewed-pubs.html
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