Can GM crops help sustain biodiversity?
For GM crops, an environmental risk assessment is carried out, comparing the impact of the introduced trait(s) on a range of environmental indicators, in comparison to a non-GM control variety.
According to a recent peer-reviewed literature review, “Impacts of GM crops on biodiversity”, GM crops have a number of effects that help to sustain biodiversity.
- By increasing yields on existing farmland, GM crops help preserve natural habitats and our world’s biodiversity.
- Researchers estimate that 2.64 million hectares of land would probably be brought into grain and oilseed production if GM traits were no longer used.
- GM crops help facilitate conservation tillage practices, preserving soil and moisture.
- GM crops have not decreased crop diversity.
- Plant biotechnology is a powerful tool to help feed a growing world, sustainably.
- Bt crops can provide area-wide target pest suppression, reducing crop losses and the need for pest control measures.
- Mounting evidence shows that GM crops have no significant adverse effects on non-target organisms.