Monday, December 13, 2021

GMO Crops Reduce Pesticide Use and Carbon Footprint

Why do we use GMOs?

    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. 


  1. Hi Nicole, it is amazing to hear how genetically modified crops can be created to make them resistant to pests. As you mentioned, the benefits are great with more convenience, higher yield, and a smaller carbon footprint. It is fascinating to see how far we have come in genetic innovation and I can't wait to see how we continue to improve!

  2. Hi Nicole. With the advancement of technology and continued development of the use of GM crops, we, as a society, can see a worldwide impact in reducing our carbon footprint. My question is if there are long-term side effects or impacts it could possibly have on our body from the change of genetics in the crops we consume.

    This is an interesting article. I look forward to the continued research behind the modification of the foods we eat.