Purdue Studies Climate Impacts of a GMO Ban

Purdue Studies Climate Impacts of a GMO Ban

CORNELL ALLIANCE FOR SCIENCE

\ May 2016 /

Eliminating GMO commodity crops in America would significantly boost greenhouse gas [GHG] emissions and have other environmental and economic impacts, according to a new study by Purdue University agricultural economists.

“GMOs have gotten a lot of bad press, so it made sense to us to ask the question of what would be the economic and greenhouse gas emission impacts if they were banned in the U.S.,” Dr. Wallace E. Tyner, the James and Lois Ackerman Professor in Purdue's Department of Agricultural Economics, told the Alliance for Science.

"This is not an argument to keep or lose GMOs," Tyner said. "It's just a simple question: What happens if they go away?"

The Purdue researchers found that yields of soy, corn, and cotton would decrease, requiring some 252,047 acres of U.S. forest and pasture lands to be converted to crop production to offset the shortfall. A reduction in the export of U.S. commodity crops would also increase demand for cropland in other nations.

Visit: http://allianceforscience.cornell.edu/purdue-studies-climate-impacts-of-a-GMO-ban to read the full article.

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