Recent Studies on Benefits of Biotech Crops | Beyond the Rows
Three recent studies โ of biotech crops in Brazil, Argentina and India โ all note the benefits of crops with biotechnology traits.
AUTHOR Glynn Young
Celeres Ambiental, a consulting firm based in Brazil, looked at the impact of GM cotton, GM corn and herbicide-resistant soybeans for Brazilian farmers. The study, undertaken for the Brazilian Seed and Seedling Association, evaluated both the economic benefits to the farmers who have adopted biotechnology as well as the environmental benefits to society.
The study found that for every $1 that the farmer invested in biotech seed, Brazilian farmers obtained an incremental return that averaged US$ 2.61 for corn, US$ 1.59 for soy and US$ 3.59 for cotton. Environmental benefits analyzed included reduction in the amount of water used for agriculture, reduction in diesel consumption, reduction in CO2 consumption and an overall reduction in active ingredients used on the farm...
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