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Study: Banning GMOs Would Devastate Earth, Despite Enviro Claims

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The Daily Caller speaks with Greg Conko on genetically modified organisms.

“[W]e know we’ll need to nearly double again the amount of food we produce over the next 50 years,” Greg Conko, executive director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “To stave off ecological disaster, we will have to substantially increase yields again. That won’t all come from GMOs. But much of it will have to. The alternative is to substantially increase our use of agricultural chemicals: fertilizer, pesticides, and herbicides. Adoption of the GMOs already on the market has been proven to reduce our reliance on agricultural chemicals. So, GMOs are a win-win for the environment.”

“From 1960 to 2000, improved agricultural technologies more than doubled global agricultural output on essentially the same amount of land,” Conko continued. “If we’d had to double food production using 1960’s technology, we’d have had to bring close to 1/3 of the Earth’s land surface area into agriculture. That would have been an ecological catastrophe.”

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