How is biotechnology being used in agriculture and food production?
Biotech crops are improving harvests while conserving water, soil and the quality of our environment. For example, herbicide tolerant crops promote no-till farming, which increases soil and water quality and reduces environmental impact. Additionally, seeds that are able to fight off pests at the genetic level (Bt seeds) may require fewer pesticide applications, which also means fewer fossil fuels used to run farming equipment. The use of GMO seeds on U.S. farms has been equated with a reduction in CO2 emissions equal to removing 11.2 million cars from the road for one year. New biotech crops, like a soybean seed developed by DuPont scientists, offer the genetic protection of traditional biotech crops but also offer the added benefit of a healthier oil profile than traditional soybean oil. These Plenish® high oleic soybeans result in oil that contains 0g trans fat, less saturated fat and the highest amount of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat available from soy. Farmers, food producers and consumers all benefit from this use of biotechnology.