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98% of U.S. farmers say GMOs help reduce environmental footprint of farming

| | December 20, 2016
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survey of 282 U.S. farmers shows 98 percent of them think GMO seeds – typically bred to be resistant to things like certain crop protection chemicals – are the best way to lessen their environmental footprint, and 69 percent believe the technology leads to higher yields.

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[National Corn Growers Association] and [U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance] – two groups that have publicly supported the use of biotechnology in the past – released the survey results.

Some other findings from the survey:

  • 87 percent of producers said GMO seeds allow them to reduce their pesticide and herbicide usage;
  • 64 percent said GMO seeds allow for efficient management of resources, specifically, fuel, time and less wear-and-tear on their equipment;
  • 78 percent foresee increased environmental impacts-including an increase in water usage and application of pesticides-if GMO seeds were not to be available to them as a choice in crop production;
  • 92 percent of those surveyed have been using GMO seeds for 10 or more years, and grow a variety of crops, including corn, soybeans, alfalfa, wheat and cotton.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Survey shows producer support for GMO crops

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