Let’s Discuss GMO Effects on the Environment | GMO Answers

I love the environment so I don’t think
I like GMOs. Actually, GMOs are one of the best tools farmers
have to protect and preserve water, air, land and even limit the impact of climate change. I don’t know – that’s not what I hear? Please let me explain: GMOs are one of several
plant breeding technologies that help farmers grow more food using less inputs like pesticides
and land. In fact, during the last 20 years, GMOs have reduced pesticide applications by
more than 8% and increased crop yields by 22%. This increased yield means farmers kept
48 million acres of land from agricultural production, decreasing potential deforestation
and harm to ecosystems. Without GMO seeds, we would need to convert the equivalent of
almost all of our US national parks to farmland to get the same amount of yield. GMOs also
help improve air quality. GMO crops allow farmers to till their fields less often, using
less tractor fuel and releasing less trapped CO2 in the soil, reducing carbon emissions by
58.8 billion lbs. That’s like removing nearly 12 million cars from the road for a whole
year. GMOs also help reduce water pollution. Less soil till also means better moisture
retention in the soil and reduced run-off, saving more than 6,400 bodies of water from
clogging by soil, crop residue and chemicals. GMOs benefit not only the environment but
also our daily lives. Without them we would have increased CO2 emissions, crop yield declines
and a major loss of forest and pasture land. Overall, less sustainability on how we grow food. Thanks – this is great information, but
I still have a lot of questions. If you want to learn more, just check out
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