December 29, 2014
This week’s On the Radio segment looks at a recent study that looks at the benefits of genetically modified crops. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.
A recent German study suggests that genetically modified crops may be more beneficial for the economy and the environment than previously thought.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
The study – which was funded by German and European Union agencies – was published in November. The researchers examined genetically modified crops from 1995 to 2014 and concluded that genetically modified crops reduce pesticide use by 37 percent, increased crop yields by 22 percent, and increased farmer profits by 68 percent. This decrease in pesticide use resulted in cost savings for farmers and less potential runoff.
In 2014, Iowa planted more genetically modified corn and soy beans than any other state in the country.
For more information about this study and genetically modified crops, visit IowaEnironmentalFocus.org.
From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.