The most compelling and credible testimony to biotech crops is that during the 16 year period 1996 to 2011, millions of farmers in 29 countries worldwide, elected to make more than 100 million independent decisions to plant and replant an accumulated hectarage of more than 1.25 billion hectares – an area 25% larger than the total land mass of the US or China – there is one principal and overwhelming reason that underpins the trust and confidence of risk-averse farmers in biotechnology – biotech crops deliver substantial, and sustainable, socio-economic and environmental benefits.
I S A A A
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE FOR THE ACQUISITION OF AGRI-BIOTECH APPLICATIONS
SUMMARY EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2004
Chair, ISAAA Board of Directors
90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 1995 1996
GLOBAL AREA OF BIOTECH CROPS
Million Hectares (1996 to 2004) 17 Biotech Crop Countries Total Industrial Countries Developing Countries
Increase of 20%, 13.3 million hectares or 32.9 million acres between 2003 and 2004.
Source: Clive James, 2004
Two months ago, three agri-biotechnology experts namely Dr. Marc Van Montagu, MaryDel Chilton and Dr. Robert T. Fraley have been hailed as the 2013 World Food Prize (WFP) Laureates . They are the pioneers in inventing transgenic plants through a natural tool called Agrobacterium tumefaciens. What do you think about this news? Their invention has become an effective tool to change the world or destroy the world – it is still a question without the final answer.