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British farmers reassess sustainability benefits of GMO crops in wake of Brexit

| | November 28, 2016
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Genetically modified (GM) crops are without a doubt the answer to feeding the world, farming experts told a GM debate [at the Three Counties Farming Conference in the UK].

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“Scientific farming is the key to our survival in the face of many challenges of the 21st century,” Professor Murphy told the Three Counties Farming Conference.

By the end of the session more than two thirds of farmers in the audience were in agreement that GM crops were the answer to ’feeding the world’.

Agricultural economist Graham Brookes spoke about research he had undertaken on where and why farmers use GM crops over the last 18 years.

He found there was ‘no denying’ the results when comparing yield gains against cost savings.

He said GM technology showed a reduction in production risks, a decreased need for insecticide use and therefore more opportunities for environmentally friendly farming methods.

Helen Ferrier, NFU chief science and regulatory affairs adviser, also championed this idea and said there was a need for robust policies that ‘enable and accommodate climate change’.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Feeding the world: Is GM the answer?

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