BENEFITS OF GMOS
If you're worried about genetically modified organisms, you aren't alone.
Millions of families all over the world are concerned about GMOs in their food because they don't really understand them and because the media sometimes presents them to be something that they aren't.
Our friends at the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food have compiled a list of benefits from GMOs:
Shrinking our Environmental Footprint
GMOs enable farmers to be better stewards of the environment, allowing farmers large and small to grow more crops on less land while using fewer pesticides and less water.
In the United States, the adoption of GM crops resulted in pesticide use reduction of 46.4 million pounds in 2003. Globally, GM crops have reduced pesticide spraying (1996-2011) by 9%, or 975 million pounds.
Lowering the Price of Food
Because they require fewer pesticides, land and water, GMOs help keep food production costs down resulting in lower prices for consumers. GM technology helps reduce the price of crops used for food, such as corn, soybeans and sugar beets by as much as 15-30%. Mercaris, a market data researcher, found that 2013 prices for non-GMO corn averaged 51 cents per bushel higher than GMO corn.
Alleviating Hunger and Malnutrition Around the World
GMOs have helped feed more than 300 million Americans and a global population of 7 billion – of which 1 in 8 suffer from hunger and malnutrition.
By 2050, the global population is expected to rise to 9 billion. Experts predict we will need 70% more agricultural production to keep pace – utilizing GM crops that increase productivity while reducing land, water and pesticide use will be critical to this achievement.
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