Scientists have developed ways to make crops resistant to pests, reducing the need for the use of pesticides. By growing genetically modified crops, farmers were able to reduce their pesticide use by 776 million kilograms between 1996-2018. These crops that were used were insect resistant, which eliminated the need for insecticides, and herbicide tolerant, which allows for farmers to manage weeds more effectively.
There are many benefits to growing these genetically modified crops. By significantly reducing the amount of pesticides used on their crops, farmers are reducing their carbon footprints. Genetically modified crops require less tillage, which means that farmers would be using less fuel. Genetically modified crops also produce a higher yield than conventional crops, which not only reduces the cost of food for the consumer, but also lets farmers grow more with less land.