Report highlights 20 years of economic and environmental benefits from using GM crops

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A REPORT released by PG Economics has found that over the last 20 years, crop biotechnology has significantly reduced agriculture’s environmental impact and stimulated economic growth in the 26 countries where the technology is used.

The innovative agricultural technology has contributed to preserving the earth’s natural resources while allowing farmers to grow more, high quality crops.

It has also helped alleviate poverty for 16.5 million, mostly smallholder farmers, in developing countries.  “Over the last 20 years, where farmers have been given access to, and the choice of growing biotech/GM crops, they have consistently adopted the technology, contributing to a more sustainable food supply and a better environment where they live,” said Graham Brookes, director of PG Economics, co-author of the report.  Highlights in the peer reviewed report include: