When you think of groundbreaking pioneers in energy-efficiency and sustainability, who comes to mind?

If you’re like most Americans you probably imagine solar-panel engineers, windmill designers and electric car makers. But for decades, farmers have been leading the way in cutting the energy needed to grow the crops we need, and helping reduce agriculture’s environmental impact.

How? By taking advantage of the advanced growing methods made possible with GMO Farming. From cutting back on how much farmers have to run their tractors, to allowing for less energy-intensive irrigation, there are a lot of ways GMO Farming is transforming how we grow our food, protect our environment and save our energy. Here are some of the biggest.

Leading the Charge on Fuel Efficiency

While the rest of us were still getting used to the sight of hybrid and plug-in cars, farmers had already figured out how to use GMO Farming methods to grow corn using less than half the fuel required by other types of farming.1 http://articles.extension.org/pages/28317/reducing-tillage-to-save-fuel#.VBH-9i5dXfh

Traditional farming eats up a lot of energy — driving tractors across the fields to till and turn over the soil, driving them back to spray pesticides needed to keep weeds and harmful insects away, even watering takes energy. But with GMO Farming methods, many crops are naturally resistant to pests, reducing the need for both pesticides and tilling. And with less stress on the soil, farmers can water less too.

That means farmers can control weeds and pests more effectively, while slashing tractor use. Not only is saving energy good for the planet, it’s good for your pocketbook: Reduced farming costs help push food costs down as much as 62%, while growing crops shown to be just as good for you as anything with a non-GMO label.2https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306919218301131

Source: 3http://www.pgeconomics.co.uk/pdf/2017globalimpactstudy.pdf

Cleaning Our Air and Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Everyone could do with a little more fresh air, but it’s our kids who are most vulnerable to the smog formed by carbon pollution in our air.4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2528642/ Nearly 10 percent of U.S. children suffer from asthma, and the number rises every year — it’s the leading chronic disease in children, and the top reason for missed school days.5 http://www.aafa.org/page/asthma-facts.aspx

But, without GMO Farming, our air might be even dirtier: already, GMO Farming methods have reduced the equivalent of nearly 500 billion pounds of carbon dioxide pollution from the air.6 http://www.pgeconomics.co.uk/pdf/2017globalimpactstudy.pdf

A key reason is that growing food this way requires less tilling — digging up fields to keep weeds down. And undisturbed soil helps keep carbon in the ground while also trapping tiny dust particles that can otherwise blow away and trigger respiratory illness.

Farmers can also yield bigger harvests, and more plants mean more carbon stays in the plants themselves.7 http://www.pgeconomics.co.uk/pdf/2017globalimpactstudy.pdf

With GMO Farming helping keep the air clean, we can all breathe easier.

Source: 8http://www.pgeconomics.co.uk/pdf/2017globalimpactstudy.pdf

Farming With Less Energy
and Cleaner Air

We all try to do the right thing for the environment and the planet we’ll leave our kids — recycle, trade in disposable water bottles and coffee cups for reusable ones, and the big one, reduce the energy we use every day to power our  homes, cars and way of life.

And that’s what farmers have been doing for thirty years — pioneering smarter ways to grow our food using less fuel and producing less carbon dioxide. Simply put, GMO Farming methods represent a more efficient and affordable way for us to feed our families. Plus, they’re ensuring cleaner air for our children now and a more sustainable future for their children tomorrow. To learn more, check out the links below.

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