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Keeping Farms Sustainable With GMO Crops

June 2, 2016
It’s crucial for farmers and ranchers to be able to incorporate technology on their farm to improve sustainable food production. GMOs allow farmers to fight insects and weeds more effectively and to enhance soil health.

To third generation Minnesota farmer, Gene Stoel, there is nothing more important than the legacy of leaving his land in better condition for his children. Since 1990, Gene has been farming GMO corn and soybeans, which have reduced his farm’s environmental impact and also improved overall production.

In a new piece on Forbes.com, he talks about farming sustainably and continually improving production practices with biotechnology.

“Prior to biotechnology’s introduction in the mid-1990s, agriculturalists were already using similar breeding concepts that today’s plant scientists practice, crossing different plants to pick the best soybean varieties and corn hybrids with higher yields, stronger performance in drought conditions and more resistance to various pests and weeds. With today’s technology, we’re able to look at the genome of the plant and find the best characteristics at the cellular level by identifying DNA that’s most beneficial to the plant. The crops we now plant and grow are better equipped to withstand drought, fight disease and increase productivity.”

Read more about how Gene and his family are farming sustainably and continually improving their production practices to leave the land in better condition for the next generation. You can also read all our columns at Forbes, and for additional information related to GMOs, visit the GMO Answers website.