More efficient? Check.
Higher yields? Check.
Less chemical use? Check.
Increased incomes? Check.
Everything about 20 years of GM cropping in Australia.
[…] Peak industry organisation CropLife Australia commissioned a report into the impact of genetically modified (GM) crops in Australia since their introduction in 1996 showing a 23 percent reduction in herbicide and insecticide use.
The report by agricultural researchers PG Economics also found the more efficient, higher yield GM crops increased farmer incomes by $1.37 billion, and lowered carbon emissions by 71.5 million kg…
Lowered carbon emissions? Dammit.
[…] But there may be a broader environmental benefit from GM crops compared to conventional farming.
Monsanto Australia New Zealand managing director Tony May told HuffPost Australia he was especially proud of the reduction in chemicals needed for GM crops.
“Reduction in pesticide use is an issue that’s very close to my heart because came from a cotton farming background. To reduce amount of pesticides is quite amazing because it cuts down on farmer exposure and also the amount going into the environment.”