The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) recently released their annual survey on the global status of biotech crops in 2019, and it was good news all around. BIO’s Cornelia Poku takes a look.
Worldwide acceptance and use of biotech crops is growing—and this increase has demonstrable benefits, according to the survey, Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops in 2019: Biotech Crops Drive Socio-Economic Development and Sustainable Environment in the New Frontier.
“Nowadays, ‘biotech crops’ no longer only refers to soy, corn, cotton, and canola—now it also means alfalfa, sugar beets, sugar cane, eggplant, squash, apples, papaya, potatoes, pineapples, and more!” says Cornelia.
What are some of the benefits? “[I]ncreasing crop productivity by about $225 billion, reduced CO2 emissions by the equivalent of removing 15.3 million cars off the road for a year, and positively impacting the lives of 17 million farmers many of whom are in developing nations,” she explains.
What they’re saying: “These economic benefits, health improvement, and social gains obtained through biotech crop adoption must be made known to the global community so that farmers and consumers can make informed choices on what crops to grow and consume, respectively,” the authors wrote.
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