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Genetically modified crops (also known as GMOs) have become an essential solution to help farmers around the world grow food more sustainably. And the many benefits of GMOs can be seen well beyond the farm as well, from helping to conserve natural resources to fighting climate change. Read on to find out how innovative GMO crops are driving new opportunities for farms, communities and our planet.
GMOs: A Single Solution to Multiple Challenges
Farmers must overcome many hurdles each season to bring their crops to harvest. Genetically modified crop technology helps them to address these issues they face on their farms—and more.
In 2020 alone, GM crops helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 15.6 million cars from the road.
Insect-resistant genetically modified corn has helped U.S. farmers reduce pesticide use by 90% since 1996.
In 2020, genetically modified crops enabled farmers to protect 23.4 million hectares of natural habitat. That’s an area the size of Vietnam and The Philippines combined.
- Infographic | Can GMOs Help Protect the Environment?
- Infographic | How Do GMOS Help Preserve our Habitat?
- Infographic | How Do GMOs Help Preserve H2O?
- Infographic | How GMOs and Sustainable Farming Practices Can Improve Air Quality
- Infographic | How GMOs Help Reduce Food Waste & Loss
- Infographic | How GMOs Help Improve Soil Health
- GMOA | Video | Let’s talk about GMOs and the Environment
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- Graham Brookes & Peter Barfoot (2018) Environmental impacts of genetically modified (GM) Crop use 1996–2016: Impacts on pesticide use and carbon
- Graham Brookes & Peter Barfoot (2018) Farm income and production impacts of using GM crop technology 1996–2016
- Carpenter JE. (2011) Impact of GM crops on biodiversity