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GM rice is good for farmers’ health

A study shows that GM rice significantly reduces pesticide use and  adverse effects on farmers.

Source: Science China

The economic benefits of insect-resistant genetically modified (GM) crops have been well documented, but the impact of such crops and the consequent reduction in pesticide use on farmers’ health remains largely unknown.

Through the analysis of the data collected from  physical examination from farmers in China, this study shows that GM rice significantly reduces pesticide use and the resultant not only visible but also invisible adverse effects on farmers’ neurological, hematological, and electrolyte system.

As a result, the commercialisation of GM rice is expected to improve the health of farmers in developing countries, where pesticide application is necessary to mitigate crop loss.

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