Agricultural biotechnologies apply modern knowledge in molecular and cell
biology to produce new varieties and similar genetic materials. The use of
genetically modified (GM) crop varieties has grown dramatically since they
were introduced in 1995, and large portions of the land allocated to corn,
soybeans, and cotton are grown with these varieties. The evidence from the
United States, Canada, China, India, Brazil, and Argentina suggests that these
applications of biotechnology in agriculture increase yield, reduce the use of
pesticides, and save production costs. ...