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How GMOs Can Help The Environment

December 9, 2016
This year, GMO Answers has placed a special focus on how GMOs can benefit our environment. We’ve released six infographics throughout the year addressing some of the most common environmental issues, and explained how GMO technology can actually help allay negative environmental impacts.

Back in June, we launched the first in the series, an infographic showing the impact of GMOs on maximizing current land use. Contrary to myths about GMOs hurting the environment, GMOs allow farmers to preserve the land while doing more with less resources.

The second in this series was released in July, highlighting the positive impact GMOs can have on preserving habitats and ecosystems. GM crops increase productivity on the world’s 3.7 billion acres of arable land, which helps to prevent deforestation and conserve biodiversity.

Our third infographic, released in August, focuses on water conservation. Advancements in biotechnology such as drought-tolerant crops are one solution helping farmers use less water and reduce irrigation needs.

September’s air quality infographic was the fourth in our series on how GMOs can help the environment.  Advances in crop biotechnology are helping farmers reduce carbon emissions and make agricultural production more sustainable.

Producing enough food to meet the needs of a growing global population, while limiting our impact on the environment is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges of our time. November’s infographic, Reducing Food Loss and Waste, illustrates how GMOs can be a critical part of the solution to reducing the amount of food sent to landfills and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.

This month, we released our sixth and final infographic of the year, GMOs Help Improve Soil Health. Healthy soil is fundamental for crop growth and food production. Herbicide-tolerant GM crops enable farmers to till — or turn over and break up the soil — less often, preserving topsoil and helping to prevent erosion.

These infographics, and all our educational resources, are available on the GMO Answers website.