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Brazil GMOs saved 35 bn water litres in 15 yrs

The adoption of genetically modified crops in Brazil led to the saving of 35 billion litres of water over 15 years, according to industry association CropLife International. The figures cover 1996/7 to 2012/13. Most of that saving is attributed to herbicide-tolerant soybeans and insect-resistant maize, it says. In the decade to 2022, the adoption of the technology is expected to result in savings of 169 billion litres of water. The planting of GM crops is expected to rise by some 4% this coming season compared with last year (Agrow No 695, p 19). The use of plant biotechnology conserves water by reducing the need for tillage, while certain GM crops can also cut water usage by reducing the need for agrochemical applications, CropLife says.

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