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.
More information: Check EuropaBio’s factsheet on farming and the environment