Interesting little factoid about GM crops:
Not convinced? Consider one survey by the agricultural economists PG Economics, who studied the impact of GM crops over an entire decade – 1996 to 2006.
They found that GM crops need to be tilled less and sprayed less, cutting tractors\’ fuel use and reducing the impact of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2006 alone, the permanent carbon dioxide savings from reduced fuel consumption since the introduction of GM crops was equal to removing 25 per cent of cars from Britain\’s roads for a year.
GM is, therefore, in the terms of the major environmental problem we\’re all told we must fight, climate change, the green option.
We can in fact go further than this.One of the huge carbon sinks in hte world is in fact the soil. Something which increased the take up of carbon in hte soil would be highly welcome. That, in turn, means that we need to plough the soil less. The ultimate form of that is no till farming. And that, in turn, requires the use of GM crops. (Note also that organic farming requires more ploughing than even conventional farming, thus increasing emissions.)
Wonder when the greens will wake up to this? GM to save the planet!