Over time, the agriculture industry has evolved to meet many challenges, like climate change. Genetically modified seed can help farmers become more efficient by empowering them to use less of our natural resources. Many people have questions about how genetic modification works and why farmers might choose to grow GM seeds.
Much of the credit goes to the farmers themselves, who are charged with proper use of the product. As with any seed, it’s important to plant what is known as “refuge” when using Bt crops. This means a fixed percentage of every field is planted without the Bt biotech trait, to ensure some targeted insect pests survive, thus slowing the rate at which resistance to Bt occurs in those pests.