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.
 
  1. By increasing yields on existing farmland, GM crops help preserve natural habitats and our world’s biodiversity. 
  2. 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.
  3. GM crops help facilitate conservation tillage practices, preserving soil and moisture.
  4. GM crops have not decreased crop diversity.
  5. Plant biotechnology is a powerful tool to help feed a growing world, sustainably.
  6. Bt crops can provide area-wide target pest suppression, reducing crop losses and the need for pest control measures.
  7. Mounting evidence shows that GM crops have no significant adverse effects on non-target organisms.