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Biotech Benefits For Farmers

Over the last 20 years, biotech or GM seeds have provided real and documented benefits to farmers worldwide.  For those of us who don’t farm or have the opportunity to see these benefits firsthand, we’ve captured a few here with links to online resources if you’re interested in learning more.

GM crops enable us to produce more food sustainably while using fewer resources. For example, GM crops provide a healthier environment by saving on pesticides and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions while increasing crop yields substantially.

Resource:  Top 10 Facts, ISAAA, 2013
“From 1996 to 2012, biotech crops contributed to Food … Full Article »

ISAAA Releases 2013 Report on Biotech Crops Featured Article

Eighteen Million Farmers in 27 Countries Chose Biotech Crops in 2013, Global Plantings Increase by 5 Million Hectares

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) today released a report showing that more than 18 million farmers in 27 countries planted biotech crops in 2013, reflecting a five million, or three percent, increase in global biotech crop hectarage. 2013 also marks the first-ever commercial plantings of drought-tolerant biotech maize in the United States.

Global biotech crop hectarage has increased from 1.7 million hectares in 1996 to over 175 million hectares in 2013. During this 18 year period, more … Full Article »

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ISAAA Releases 2012 Report on Global Biotech Crops Featured Article

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) recently released its report on the Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops 2012. Two significant developments were noted.

First, developing countries now dominate in plantings of biotech crops. “For the first time since the introduction of biotech/GM crops almost two decades ago,” the report said, “developing countries have grown more hectares of biotech crops than industrialized countries, contributing to food security and further alleviating poverty in some of the world’s most vulnerable regions.”

Developing countries accounted for 52 percent of the total global plantings of biotech crops in 2012, … Full Article »

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The Myth About Who Grows Biotech Crops Featured Article

Is the United States is the only country growing and consuming biotech crops? 

According to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), of the 29 countries planting biotech crops in 2011, it’s noteworthy that 19 were developing countries and 10 were industrial countries. The top 10 countries each grew more than one million hectares providing a broad-based worldwide foundation for diversified growth in the future; in fact, the top nine each grew more than 2 million hectares. 

More than half the world’s population, 60 percent or about four billion people, live in the 29 countries planting biotech … Full Article »

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ISAAA: Biotech Crops Up 8 Percent in 2011

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) has reported that biotech crops reached 160 million hectares in 2011, an increase of 12 million hectares or 8 percent over 2010. Since first introduced in 1996, according to ISAAA, the increase in plantings to date makes biotech crops “the fastest adopted crop technology in the history of modern agriculture.”

While the adoption of biotech crops has been remarkable, an equally important story is behind the numbers. The adoption is not limited to developed countries but is also being embraced by farmers in developing countries, and some 29 countries worldwide … Full Article »

The 2010 ISAAA Report on Biotech Crops

“Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2010.”

It’s a rather calm-sounding official title for an important compilation of data on what’s happening with agricultural biotechnology around the world.

On Tuesday, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) released its annual report. This one also provides a 15-year overview, with the first biotech crop haveing been introduced in 1996.

Highlights of the report include:

• Biotech crops are now grown on more than one billion acres, about 10 percent of the total cropland in the world.
• The rate of adoption of biotech crops in the last … Full Article »

They’re Planting Biotech What?? Where??

Cotton farmers in Africa inspect their crop. In Burkina Faso, a country in West Africa, biotech cotton increased from 8,500 hectares to 115,000 hectares.

But more interesting to me, are the answers to the “where?” and “what?” questions. As in, where are farmers planting biotech crops and what are they planting? Reviewing the list, I see countries that I haven’t seen before as well as new products that I haven’t heard of (blue roses anyone?). Here’s some tidbits that caught my eye. Also, I should note that Monsanto is a sponsor of ISAAA.

  • China (Cotton, tomato, poplar, papaya, sweet pepper)
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