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A common misconception is that the adoption of genetically modified crops have increased the use of pesticides, when just the opposite is true. Overall, pesticide applications have decreased, largely due to the adoption of insect-resistant genetically modified crops. In fact, over the last 20 years, GMOs have reduced pesticide spraying by 8.1 percent. As a result the environmental impact associated with pesticide use on biotech crops has decreased by more than 18 percent.
When people refer to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), they are referring to precision plant breeding using genetic engineering. It allows plant breeders to take a desirable trait (like resistance to drought, insects, weeds, and disease) from one plant or organism and transfer it to the plant they want to improve, as well as make a change to an existing trait in a plant they are developing. Click here to learn more.
The Washington Post recently published a piece featuring four myth-busters committed to fight fearmongering. Here’s their take on the issue.
A new report released by PG Economics has found that over the last 20 years, crop biotechnology has significantly reduced agriculture’s environmental impact and stimulated economic growth in the 26 countries where the technology is used.