How do GMOs benefit corn and soybean productivity and efficiency? First, GMO corn and soybean plants commonly have traits that help combat disease or insects, which helps us to use a minimal amount of pesticides (used to kill insects, similar to how you might use a mosquito repellent or a fly spray in the summer time) on our crops. Besides using less pesticides, GMOs are a more efficient plant that use less land and water, due to traits in the plant that help with drought or root growth. One of the largest benefits of GMOs is that herbicide-tolerant (aka weed killer resistant) crops allow us to control weeds better, which ultimately allows our crops to grow better and thrive. And in the end, GMOs have higher yields because the traits it has been bred for have helped eliminate all of these yield-hampering issues.
|Here I am eating GMO sweet corn at this year's|
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Did you know, that GMOs make up approximately 70-80% of the foods we eat? Many common food and beverage ingredients, such as corn, soybeans and sugar beets, are commonly GMOs. So if you look at the food label on the next food you eat, you most commonly will find at least one of these three ingredients listed.
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