More With Less
Click through the graphic to learn how crop protection and plant biotechnology protect biodiversity by allowing farmers to grow more with less.
Reducing greenhouse gases
Plant biotechnology and crop protection products have helped farmers cut down on greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate climate change. Herbicides and herbicide-tolerant biotech crops facilitate no-till farming, which leaves soil undisturbed and keeps carbon in the ground. In 2016, this helped reduce CO2 emissions by 27 million kg which is like removing 17 million cars from the road.
Without innovation in crop protection products, global pre-harvest crop losses could double. Preventing these losses is vital to preserving biodiversity by allowing farmers to grow more food on the farmland they already have.
The United Nations estimates that around 1 billion people in dry regions may face increasing water scarcity in the near future. To address this challenge, plant scientists have developed biotech crops with drought-tolerant and water-use efficiency traits.
Growing more food per acre means saving wild areas
Between 1996 and 2015, biotech seed helped grow an additional 574 million tonnes of crops globally, including soybeans, maize, cotton, and canola. By growing more on each acre of farmed land, we can preserve wild areas.
Up to 50,000 square kilometres of soil is lost every year to soil erosion, so plant scientists are working hard to stop it. In Canada, for example, farmers who use herbicides and herbicide-tolerant canola in an Integrated Pest Management system dont need to till their soil which reduced erosion by 86 percent.