Do GMO Crops Increase the Use of Pesticides?

Do GMO Crops Increase the Use of Pesticides?
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It’s a polarizing question with no simple answer.

Pesticides—substances used to destroy or repel pests—are one of several pest management tools that farmers use to prevent crop loss and increase the efficiency of crop production. While they provide important benefits to farmers, chemical pesticides can pose varying levels of risk to humans and the environment depending on their properties and how they are used.

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