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What is the impact of gmos on the environment

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GMOs can have impact on the environment in many ways by improving soil health and air quality, reducing food waste & loss and preserving H20.


This article by Graham Brookes, Agricultural Economist, explores some of the economic and environmental impacts of GM crop use.


“‘In the 17th year of widespread adoption, crops developed through genetic modification delivered more environmentally friendly farming practices while providing clear improvements to farmer productivity and income,’ said Graham Brookes, director of PG Economics, co-author of the report. ‘Half of the farm income gains and the majority of the environmental gains associated with changes in pesticide use and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions occurred in developing countries.’”


Also, contrary to myths about GMOs hurting the environment, GMOs allow farmers to preserve the land while doing more with less resources. Check out this infographic and learn how GMOs help protect the environment.



Dr. Curtis Hannah, Professor at University of Florida, addresses how there are often concerns with the impact of GMOs on the environment, and reminds consumers that there are three federal agencies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that regulate the growth of GM crops. He states that, “potential environmental concerns of a new GMO crop are addressed by the EPA long before commercial growth is allowed.” Read the full response here.