Position paper on The Contribution of Genetically Modified Crops to Sustainability

• The import and cultivation of Genetically Modified (GM) crops in the European Union (EU) contributes to Europe’s goals for a sustainable food system and is a key driver of safe and affordable food.

• The EU imports approximately 70% of all protein-rich crops used in the feed sector, the majority of which are GM. GM technology allows the efficient use of agricultural land ensuring optimal yields and therefore securing EU livestock farmers a competitive and reliable feed supply to sustain their production.

• Cultivation of GM crops supports the expansion of conservation agriculture. Through optimization of insecticide use and Integrated Pest Management, GM crops can help promote carbon sequestration, soil health and GHG emissions reductions. In low- and middle-income producing countries, the adoption of GM crops has improved farmers’ livelihoods for the past quarter century.