New Report Shows GM Crops to be Favored Globally by Farmers
Washington, D.C. (January 28, 2015) – Millions of farmers around the world continue to choose to plant and replant genetically modified (GM) crop varieties because of their environmental and socio-economic benefits and the important role they play in addressing food security, according to a new study.
The report, Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2014, released annually by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), says a record 18 million farmers in 28 countries are growing biotech crops on 448 million acres.
"With the global population reaching 9 billion by 2050, GM crop technology is a critical food production tool—increasing yields and efficiency for farmers, and enabling them to produce food more sustainably. A reduced environmental footprint for agriculture is good for all of us," says Dr. Cathleen Enright, Executive Vice President, Food and Agriculture for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).
According to the report, “Global adoption of biotech crops has risen to 181.5 million hectares. This marks 18 years of consecutive growth and a more than 100-fold increase since 1996, the first year of planting.”
“We strongly support farmer choice to plant the seeds that work best for their operations. Eighteen million farmers around the world are testament to the benefits they are realizing through the adoption of agricultural biotechnology,” said Enright.
Among the report’s highlights:
“Over the past two decades, we have seen how insect resistant and herbicide tolerant traits can improve crop productivity,” said Enright. “But agricultural biotechnology will also help us to combat world hunger and improve human health.”
“The continued adoption of GM crops is also an indication that governments clearly recognize what investment in biotechnology can mean to their countries’ ability to better feed, fuel and heal the world.”
*The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) report, Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2014 and accompanying materials are posted at www.isaaa.org.