Genetically modified foods: Do GM foods require fewer pesticides?

  • Genetically modified foods do require fewer pesticides.

    Genetically modified foods do require fewer pesticides. The amount of food that can be grown would increase without the need to use as much pesticides. GM crops as a way to help the country’s economy, reduce pesticides, and improve health. They will not need these chemical pesticides as much if they grow GM foods.

  • GM foods are altered to deter pest

    Yes, I believe that genetically modified or altered food require less pesticides. This is due to being modified to not attract certain pest. Now, is this good for the persons consuming the product, I don't know. It makes one choose between the less of the two evils, food that have treated with a large amount of pesticide or those that have been modified with chemicals to stop the attraction of pest.

  • Yes sometimes none at all

    Genetically modified foods do often require less pesticides and some times no pesticides at all. Depending on how they are grown and where they are grown there may not be a need to fight off any bugs. Foods with no pesticides could be a big benefit of genetically modified foods.

  • Yes, they are better foods.

    Yes, genetically modified foods require fewer pesticides, because they are tougher, stronger, and better food. Farmers have been selectively breeding crops and animals for years. This is nothing novel. Genetically modified foods can be grown in smaller spaces, and grow larger and more efficiently for the costs of production. With lower costs of production, fewer pesticides are necessary.

  • Genetically Modified Foods = Fewer Pesticides

    Many genetically modified foods are designed to resist pests and other issues, so they do require fewer pesticides than regular foods. However, GMOs haven't been properly studied, so we're unsure if they pose any kind of threat to human beings. Therefore, GMOs should be further studied before their use becomes even more widespread.

  • GMOs are designed that way

    GMOs are designed, in many cases, to be resistant to pests and insects in general naturally, genetically. Many GMOs need little, if any, pesticide because they are expressly designed for that purpose. GMOs are an extension of breeding practices are in use, and their wide adoption would save the environment from many problems.

  • No, GM crops increase pesticide use at present.

    A couple of studies in 2012 and 2013 cite USDA and EPA figures that demonstrate a significant increase in the use of herbicides on GM crops over the past decade. The culprit is the impact that GM crops have on the ecosystem. They're engineered to withstand chemical treatments that kill other plants. This has given rise to a multitude of resistant, invasive weeds called "superweeds," and these new weeds are able to withstand chemical treatments much better. That means more pesticide use to counter the resistant weeds.

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