QWith the growing human population, how much do GMOs help us so we can feed our world?

With the growing human population, how much do GMOs help us so we can feed our world?

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To feed the world, we need to reduce food waste, while increasing the yield of food in a sustainable way on land already dedicated to agriculture—and GMOs can help! Genetically modified (GM) foods provide a nutritional and safe alternate to conventionally produced foods. However, the GM food (or GMO) may have an undesired characteristic removed from it (example: for longer shelf life, such as Artic Apples, which do no brown after slicing) OR a characteristic can be introduced to aid in enhanced nutrition (example: Golden Rice, which helps prevent vitamin A deficiency).

 

Genetically modified fruit and vegetable production has also been noted to help farmers use less pesticides and grow more food on less land. While farmers use safe and regulated practices for pesticide application, the reduction in pesticide use has a positive impact on the environment: reduced greenhouse gas emissions and consumer access to a variety of affordable foods year-round. Also, according to PG Economics LTD, the global benefits for genetically modified crops have reached 

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