June 5 has been designated by the United Nations as World Environment Day, a day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. First held in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
We all have a part to play in helping to protect and preserve the environment, and agriculture has a huge role in that. Contrary to popular perception, GMOs can have a positive impact on the environment through benefits to consumers and farmers alike. GMO Answers has created a brand-new infographic that highlights some of the specific ways that farmers growing genetically modified crops can help the environment.
Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that draws attention to a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2019 is air pollution.
Less tilling thanks to genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops means that farmers spend less time on their tractors, using less fuel and reducing carbon emissions. Conservation tillage enabled by genetically modified crops has reduced greenhouse gas emissions on farms globally and can help farmers adapt to and mitigate climate change.
In fact, in 2016, 64.9 billion pounds of atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions were reduced by conservation tillage and decreased fuel use made possible by genetically modified crops. That’s equal to removing over 18 million cars from roads for one year
Please feel free to share our new infographic on social media with the hashtag #WorldEnvironmentDay, in presentations, or on your own website.
For more details about GMOs and the environment, please visit the GMO Answers website.