This paper is relevant to the impact areas in the following areas:
|Crops:||Cotton, Maize, Oilseed Rape, Other, Papaya, Potato, Soybean, Sugar Beet|
|Tags:||environmental, overview, socio-economic|
Abstract or Summary
Some of the key highlights from the report are:
- Biotech crops have contributed to significantly reducing the release of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural practices – in 2009, this was equivalent to removing 17.7 billion kg of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or equal to removing 7.8 million cars from the road for one year;
- Biotech crops have reduced pesticide spraying (1996-2009) by 393 million kg (-8.7%) and as a result decreased the environmental impact associated with herbicide and insecticide use on the area planted to biotech crops by 17.1%;
- There have been substantial net economic benefits at the farm level amounting to $10.8 billion in 2009 and $64.7 billion for the fourteen year period.
GM crops: global socio-economic and environmental impacts 1996- 2009 (held on an external server, and so may require additional authentication details)
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