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Biotech Benefits

Agricultural biotechnology allows corn growers to increase yields while decreasing the use of herbicides and pesticides. This also allows growers to make fewer trips over the field, helping avoid soil compaction and decreasing fuel use. Meeting demand, improving processes and minimizing environmental impacts are what make modern corn production a dynamic industry. New drought tolerant traits show promise to help growers produce in water deficient conditions. Simply put, biotechnology allows growers to produce more with less.

KCGA works with the National Corn Growers Association to educate farmers about biotech issues related to their work. This includes helping growers meet refuge requirements via the Insect Resistance Management Calculator and combat herbicide resistance issues through the “Take Action on Weeds” web-based resource. Also, our Know Before You Grow database helps growers see clearly what international markets accept corn from the seed they are considering purchasing.

Tested

GM seeds take an average of 13 years to bring to market because of extensive research as well as regulatory approvals conducted by the USDA, EPA and FDA, and dozens of other regulatory agencies around the world. Scientific authorities such as the U.S. National Academies of Science, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have looked at hundreds of scientific studies and have concluded that foods with biotech-derived ingredients do not pose any more risks to people than any other foods.

Uses of Kansas Biotechnology

Biotech varieties were used on 95 percent of the planted acres in Kansas in 2014.

Resources

NCGA Biotechnology Resources | http://ncga.com/topics/biotechnology
Know Before You Grow | http://ncga.com/for-farmers/know-before-you-grow
Weed and Insect Resistance Management | http://ncga.com/topics/biotechnology/weed-and-insect-resistance-management
GMO Answers | http://gmoanswers.com/

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