Can GM crops help the fight against climate change and conserve our resources?

Thanks to GM technology, we can:

  • increase yields by 6%-30% on the same amount of land
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the application of fertilisers, fuel use and ploughing; in 2013 alone GM crops contributed to reducing CO2 emissions by 28 billion kg, equivalent to taking 12.4 million cars off the road for one year
  • help produce more crops per drop of water thanks to drought-tolerant crops
  • help transition towards soil conserving farm practices, such as low- and no-till systems, which are important for more efficient water use by better trapping soil moisture.

Source: ISAAA Brief 49-2014: Executive Summary

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