Each week, we will answer a question from our readers regarding our operations and community outreach here in Puerto Rico.
This week we answer the question, “what is your response to the increased number of pesticides used on genetically modified crops? Are you developing more resistant GMOs?”
According to a recent USDA study, the overall use of pesticides in the U.S. has dropped dramatically since farmers started using GMO seeds. GMOs can help farmers reduce chemical sprays that protect crops from insect pests.
And one benefit of glyphosate-tolerant crops has been a reduction in tillage on fields.
Also, check out the following graph designed by International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA):
For more information, check out this article in Grist by Nathanael Johnson on this topic: “In the insecticide wars, GMOs have so far been a force for good.”
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