By: CropLife International
Fertile and healthy soil is essential for agriculture and a sustainable food supply. Biotech crops and complementary herbicides reduce the need to plough—or till—and help to take care of the world’s arable farm land.
Both biotech crops and crop protection help to facilitate no-till. 10% of the world’s carbon dioxide is stored in the soil and tilling releases that into the atmosphere. The amount of CO2 saved in in one year alone by using herbicide-tolerant biotech crops – that help facilitate no-till – was equal to removing every single car from the streets of London for five years 1.