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Would greenhouse gas emissions increase dramaticaly if GMOs banned?

| | August 5, 2016
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What would the impact be of a global ban on GMO foods? That’s exactly the question Wally Tyner, a professor at Purdue University, set out to answer recently. The results are probably not what you might expect.

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. . . [A] less obvious impact would be on carbon emissions. Greenhouse gases would skyrocket if there were no GMO crops grown in the world, according to Tyner, speaking on AgriTalk with Mike Adams. “Because you need more land [to produce the same amount of food], you’d have to convert pasture or forest land,” Tyner explained. “That means you increase greenhouse gas emissions.”

It wouldn’t be a small increase, either. Tyner’s research suggested that a global GMO ban would increase greenhouse gases more than three times the total emissions of the entire U.S. biofuels program. Ironically, many of the groups that want to ban GMOs are the same groups who work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “You can’t have it both ways,” Tyner said.

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