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Should the sale of genetically modified food be banned?
Genetically modified crops contribute to reducing the cost of food.
GMOs have a greater
, which makes them a more efficient crop type.
estimated that the use of genetic modification has reduced the cost of corn-based products by 6% and the costs of soybean-based products by 10%.
herbicides and pesticides to grow genetically modified crops. This lowers the costs of food production.
Genetically modified crops are easier to
transport and store
. This reduces the cost of food.
Genetically modified crops are engineered to
grow in more places
than their "natural" competitors. This in turn results in more food for everyone at a cheaper price and also increases the growing season which allows farmers to make more money stimulating the economies of the world.
New genetically modified crops, might make
photosynthesis more efficient.
This could increase crop yields per unit of land, and/or result in crops which require less water and fertilizer to grow.
Genetically modified crops can even
reduce the cost of meat
if crops yield more feed for commercially raised cattle, lowering the cost of feeding them.
Some GMOs have a
longer shelf life
contributing to less food waste and lower retailer costs.
There are other methods of reducing the cost of food.
Genetically modified crops reduce the cost of unhealthy foods such as carbs and red meats. This affects impoverished people who
already have little access to health foods
of genetically modified crops, there has been no sustained cost reduction for consumers over the recent years according to the
FAO food price index
that would correlate with this.