New technology is improving the ability to farm more sustainably. Drones can provide aerial views of fields to evaluate crop health. Precise tools help with careful fertilizer application. The use of tools like these allow farmers to reduce the inputs they need to raise a crop. Biotechnology, or GMOs, is another important tool farmers use to produce more abundant food sustainably. GMO foods are proven to be as safe and nutritious as non-GMO foods.13 Modern crop protection products also contribute positive outcomes for consumers. U.S. farmers now produce four times as much corn and wheat as they did in the early 1990s without clearing additional forest or wetlands.15 Technology has changed and improved farming just like it has changed and improved the rest of our lives. Modern agriculture, through the use of new technologies, is sustainable agriculture. I L L I N O I S A G R I C U L T U R E : L E T ’ S G R O W | F A R M I N G S U S T A I N A B LY THE AMERICAN FAMILY OF 4 SAVES: ON THE COST OF FRESH VEGETABLES 35% 45.5% ON THE COST OF FRESH FRUIT15 BY USING MODERN CROP PROTECTION PRODUCTS, GMO crops have helped farmers increase yields while decreasing pesticide applications by 8%, benefitting consumers by minimizing impacts on the environment.14 GMO crops also allow the widespread use of no-till agriculture, decreasing soil erosion in the U.S. by at least one billion tons per year, which benefits consumers by improving water quality. 19 13 Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Propects. The National Academies of Science, Medicine and Engineering. https://www.nap.edu/read/23395/chapter/2#2 14 GM Crops: Global Socio-economic and Environmental Impacts 1996- 2015. PG Economics LTD, UK. https://gmoanswers.com/sites/default/files/2017globalimpactstudy.pdf 15 The Contribution of Crop Protection Products to the United States Economy. Mark Goodwin Consulting, LTD.