Do GM crops help conserve water?
Globally, water use has tripled over the last five decades. On average, it takes about 3,000 litres of water per person to produce our daily intake of food.
GM technology can help to reduce water loss from agriculture and to improve drought tolerance. Some GM crops reduce the need for ploughing. This means the soil is not tilled as much, which helps to trap soil moisture. Under drought conditions, this can mean the difference between having a crop to harvest and crop failure