Study outlines GM crops' "green benefits"

Growing genetically modified crops has produced significant economic and environmental benefits, according to a study by UK consultancy PG Economics. The study investigates world-wide impacts of the first nine years of GM crop cultivation, 1996-2004. Among its conclusions are that pesticide use was cut by 6%, and its environmental footprint by 14%, and that in 2004, GM crop growing avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 10bn kg of CO2. The study's conclusions and the impartiality of its authors were challenged by environmental group GMWatch. See study and press release and GMWatch reaction.

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