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1226: GMOs and environmentally sustainable food

This paper is taken from ‘The Role of Genetically Modified Organisms in the Delivery of an Environmentally Sustainable Food and Bio-fuel Industry across the UK’ by William Goodwin, a report of a Nuffield Farming Scholarship sponsored by the South of England Agricultural Society.

Year of Publication2011

Enhancing agricultural productivity is the most likely route to protecting the natural environment. GMO`s have demonstrated that they can facilitate farming methods that reduces greenhouse gases and increase yields with less pesticides. Monoculture is the biggest threat to sustainability. Many organic principles are more environmentally sustainable but organic farming is knowledge intense. GMO`s will only ever form part of our arsenal if there is political will to adopt them.

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