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Friday, 9th March 2007

GM Crops: The First 10 Years – Global Socio-economic and Environmental Impacts

GM Crops: The First 10 Years – Global Socio-economic and Environmental Impacts
Source: U.S. Grains Council
From press release (PDF; 34 KB):

Biotech crops have produced a decade of improvements in yield and net farm income for grain, oilseed and cotton farmers. Now, according to a peer-reviewed study on the crops’ global economic and environmental impact, the benefits are “clear” – especially reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.

In 2005, herbicide-tolerant biotech crops planted using conservation tillage practices helped to retain carbon in the soil. Insect-resistant crops dramatically reduced the need for spraying, while also significantly reducing farm fuel usage. All told, biotech crops, planted during their 10th year of use on 87 million hectares (215 million acres) by 8.5 million farmers, reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 9 billion kg. (8.9 million tons). That’s the equivalent to removing nearly 4 million family cars from the road for an entire year, according to study author Graham Brookes, director of PG Economics Limited of Dorchester, United Kingdom.

+ Executive Summary (PDF; 202 KB)
+ Full Report (PDF; 767 KB)
+ Presentation: Global Impact of Biotech Crops (PDF; 331 KB)
+ Country by Country Highlights (PDF; 29 KB)


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