3 Reasons To Eat GMO's
Updated: Oct 23, 2018
I’m in awe of how GMOs can help us fight poverty, malnutrition, climate change, and much more. That’s why I’m grateful for the opportunity to eat GMOs.
1. I’m grateful for all food. And most, if not all, food is genetically modified.
“What most people don’t know but they should is that practically every food they buy in the store for consumption by humans is genetically modified food. There are no wild seedless watermelons. There’s no wild cows, there’s no long stem roses growing in the wild – even though we don’t eat roses. You list all the fruit and all the vegetables and ask yourself is there a wild counterpart to this? If there is it’s not as large it’s not as sweet it’s not as juicy and it has way more seeds in it.?" Neil Degrass Tyson.
2. GMOs use less pesticides
A 2015 study covering the years from 1996 to 2013 discovered that:
“The adoption of GM insect resistant and herbicide tolerant technology has reduced pesticide spraying by 553 million kg (-8.6%) and, as a result, decreased the environmental impact associated with herbicide and insecticide use on these crops (as measured by the indicator the Environmental Impact Quotient (EIQ)) by19.1%. “
A UK report states:
Crop biotechnology has reduced pesticide spraying (1996-2012) by 503 million kg (-8.8%). This is equal to the total amount of pesticide active ingredient applied to arable crops in the EU 27 for nearly two crop years. As a result, this has decreased the environmental impact associated with herbicide and insecticide use on the area planted to biotech crops by 18.7%.
If you too want less pesticide use, then genetically engineered crops are your best bet.
3. GMOs protect the Earth
Because GMOs increase yield, we get to save on land. Think about it: You need less land to produce the same amount of food.
A UK report states:
GM crops are allowing farmers to grow more without using additional land. If crop biotechnology had not been available to the (17.3 million) farmers using the technology in 2012, maintaining global production levels at the 2012 levels would have required additional plantings of 4.9 million ha of soybeans, 6.9 million ha of corn, 3.1 million ha of cotton and 0.2 million ha of canola. This total area requirement is equivalent to 9% of the arable land in the US, or 24% of the arable land in Brazil or 27% of the cereal area in the EU (28).
Especially now, with our population rising, this is more important than ever.