GMOs protect farm laborers, reduce carbon emissions and are safe to eat.

| | August 12, 2015
This article or excerpt is included in the GLP’s daily curated selection of ideologically diverse news, opinion and analysis of biotechnology innovation.

Unsure about biotechnology? There’s a lot of misinformation out there. Although biotech can improve people’s lives, it can be hard to get the facts. Here are five to consider.

1. Scientists agree: It’s safe

After hundreds of studies and decades of people safely eating biotech foods, scientists around the world say they are just as safe as products obtained through conventional agriculture.

2. High-profile skeptics are changing their minds

Popular scientist Bill Nye reversed his opposition to GMOs. So did Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore. They’re not the only ones. In a New York Times article titled “How I Got Converted to G.M.O. Food,” British environmental activist Mark Lynas explained that he “could no longer continue taking a pro-science position on global warming and an anti-science position on G.M.O.s.”

3. It protects farm workers

Pesticide poisoning is common where farm workers use backpacks to spray chemical pesticides. Workers in hot and humid climates sometimes avoid protective clothing. Biotech crops with a built-in ability to combat insects or diseases can help by reducing pesticide use.

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4. Fewer fossil fuels are needed

Less pesticide also means fewer tractors to spray it. The fossil fuel saved means lower carbon emissions — an estimated 2.1 billion kilograms less in 2013 alone. That’s like having nearly a million fewer cars on the road.

5. It can help fight global warming

When farmers plow their fields to kill weeds, it disturbs the soil and can release carbon into the atmosphere. Biotech crops allow farmers to control weeds without plowing, leaving the carbon in the ground. An estimated 25.9 billion kilograms of carbon emissions — 11.5 million cars’ worth — were avoided in 2013 thanks to biotech.

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