STANDING UP FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
GM crops are as safe for human health and the environment as their conventional counterparts, and provide significant environmental benefits
Since 1996 GM crops have improved the sustainable use of pesticides and conserved biodiversity by saving more than 183 million hectares of land from agricultural production. They have alleviated poverty for 17 million small hold farmers and their families and reduced CO2 emissions from agriculture by 27.1 billion kg – the equivalent of removing 90 per cent of passenger cars registered in Australia from the road for one year.
When farmers are given the opportunity of growing GM crops, they can grow more on less land, increase crop yields, contribute to international competitiveness and reduce agriculture’s environmental impact.