Enhanced Sustainability and Reduced Environmental Footprint
Agricultural biotechnology has helped enable large shifts in agronomic practices that have led to significant and widespread environmental benefits.
No-till agriculture, in limited use prior to 1996, has been widely adopted due to the superior weed control from biotech crops that are able to tolerate herbicides with low environmental impacts. This has led to improved soil health and water retention, reduced runoff, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions from reduced on-farm energy use.
Peer-reviewed scientific studies have repeatedly found biotech varieties to be much friendlier to the environment, more sustainable than conventional counterparts, and far more economical and productive than organic.