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Answers Do GMOs Lead To Increased Pesticide Use?

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.