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ENVIRONMENTAL TOPICS

Some people and organizations in the US and Europe oppose the use of GM crops because they believe that they pose an unacceptable risk to the environment. However, many of the people that have helped to develop GM crops believe that GM crops and the technology they represent may be the solution to some important environmental problems. The environmental issues associated with GM crops are perhaps the most controversial and ironically the most promising. Listed below is an outline of links that will direct you to debated environmental issues and perceived benefits.

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH GM CROPS:

 

Issue: Herbicide Resistant Crops Possibly Becoming Weeds in Following Years

Issue: Potential Gene Escape and Development of "Superweeds"  

Issue: Impact on non-target organisms 

Issue: Development of Pest Resistance  

Issue: Antibiotic Resistance Marker Genes   

Issue: Biodiversity

 

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS ASSOCIATED WITH GM CROPS

 

Issue: Reduced Pesticide Usage 

Issue: GM Crops Compliment Biological Control           

Issue: Plant Pesticides Impact less on Non-target Organisms     

Issue: Increased Yields, Reducing the Need to Expand Agricultural Acreage    

Issue: Some GM Crops May Reduce Soil Erosion   

Other Environmental Links