openPR Logo
Press release

Biotech Crop Adoption Leads to Greater Sustainability and Socioeconomic Opportunities for Global Farmers and Citizens

06-26-2018 10:55 AM CET | Science & Education

Press release from: ISAAA

Biotech Crop Adoption Leads to Greater Sustainability

(June 26, 2018) – Today, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and PG Economics, Ltd. released new studies highlighting the continued social, environmental and economic benefits of the global adoption of biotechnology in agriculture.

The complementary studies – PG Economics’ “GM Crops: Global Socio-Economic and Environmental Impacts 1996-2016” and ISAAA’s “Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2017” – examine the continued widespread adoption of global crop biotechnology, and the significant positive socio-economic and environmental impacts of this adoption by farmers and communities around the globe.

“Biotech crops offer enormous benefits to the environment, health of humans and animals, and contributions to the improvement of socioeconomic conditions of farmers and the public,” said ISAAA Chair of the Board, Paul S. Teng. “The recent production of next generation biotech crops – including apples and potatoes that are not likely to spoil or become damaged, anthocyanin-enriched super sweet pineapple, increased ear biomass and high amylose content maize, and soybeans with modified oil content, combined with the commercialization approval for an insect resistant sugarcane – provides more diverse offerings to consumers and food producers.”

The ISAAA report shows the global biotech crop area increased in 2017 by 3 percent or 4.7 million hectares. This increase is due primarily to greater profitability stemming from higher commodity prices, increased market demand both domestically and internationally, and the presence of available seed technologies. As more developing countries, now 19 in total including India, Pakistan, Brazil, Bolivia, Sudan, Mexico, Colombia, Vietnam, Honduras, and Bangladesh have increased their biotech crop area and continue to allow farmers to adopt biotechnology in food production, smallholder farmers see the direct improvements this offers, allowing them to provide better lives for themselves and their families. In fact, developing countries now account for 53 percent of the global biotech area planted.

From 1996-2016, PG Economics reported biotech crops provided $186.1 billion in economic gains to some 17 million farmers, many of whom are female, smallholder farmers solely responsible for the livelihood of their families and communities.

“Global food insecurity is a huge problem in developing countries, with around 108 million people in food crisis-affected countries still at risk or experiencing food insecurity,” said Graham Brookes, Director of PG Economics and co-author of the socio-economic and environmental impact paper. “We have seen for more than 20 years now how crop biotechnology adoption in developing countries has contributed to higher yields, more secure production, and increased incomes greatly contributing to decreasing poverty, hunger and malnutrition in some regions of the globe most prone to these challenges.”

The PG Economics study also shows great strides have already been made to reduce the footprint of agriculture and in mitigating and adapting to climate change. The latest study highlights how biotech use in agriculture continues to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Coupled with the record 189.8 million hectares of biotech crops grown globally, the continued expansion of biotech adoption offers beneficial nutritional quality traits that may help offset the nutrition-draining impact of climate change on certain crops. Another aspect driving the increase may be related to research conducted by public sector institutions on rice, banana, potato, wheat, chickpea, pigeon pea and mustard with nutritional quality traits beneficial to food producers and consumers in developing countries. Studies show that climate change can considerably reduce the protein, zinc and iron content of staple crops, putting 1.4 billion children at risk of major iron deficiencies by 2050.

For 2017, ISAAA also reports that there were improvements in the commercial availability and planting of biotech fruits and vegetables with direct consumer benefits. Two generations of Innate® potatoes have been approved in the U.S and Canada, one with reduced bruising and browning and lower acrylamide and the other with these traits plus lower levels of reducing sugars and late blight protection, along with non-browning Arctic® apples in the USA, and Bt eggplant in Bangladesh. These are all more sustainable products for consumers and the environment alike.

Additional highlights from the PG Economics report include:
• In 2016, the GM crop-related carbon dioxide emission savings from reduced fuel use and additional soil carbon sequestration were equal to the removal of 16.75 million cars from the roads.
• Advances in biotech crops allow farmers to use insecticides and herbicides more strategically, reducing the environmental impact associated with their use by 18.4 percent on GM crop areas since 1996 .
• In 2016, the direct global farm income benefit from GM crops was $18.2 billion, equal to an average increase in income of $102/hectare. Since 1996, farm incomes have increased by $186.1 billion.
• Biotechnology remains a strong investment for farmers. In terms of farmer investment, for each dollar invested in biotech crop seeds, farmers gained an average $3.49.
• In 2016, farmers in developing countries received $5.06 for each extra dollar invested in biotech crop seeds, whereas farmers in developed countries received $2.70 for each extra dollar invested in biotech crop seeds.
• Over 21 years, crop biotechnology has been responsible for the additional production of 213 million tons of soybeans, 405 million tons of maize, 27.5 million tons of cotton lint and 11.6 million tons of canola. This has allowed farmers to grow more without needing to use additional land, reducing pressure on typically high bio-diverse land to be converted for agricultural production.

Additional highlights from ISAAA’s 2017 report include:
• Global area of biotech/GM crops continued to rise in 2017, reaching 189.8 million hectares compared to 185.1 million hectares in 2016.
• In 2017, 67 countries used biotech crops. This includes 24 countries in total that grew biotech crops, including 19 developing and five industrial countries; and an additional 43 non-planting countries that formally regulate the importation and use of biotech crops for food, feed and processing
• Biotech soybean varieties accounted for 50 percent of the global biotech crop area. In terms of the global area for individual crops, 77 percent of soybean, 80 percent of cotton, 32 percent of maize and 30 percent of canola were planted to biotech varieties in 2017.
• Countries with more than 90 percent adoption of biotech soybeans were USA, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, South Africa, Bolivia and Uruguay; close to or more than 90 percent adoption of biotech maize were USA, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, South Africa and Uruguay; close to or more than 90 percent adoption of biotech cotton were USA, Argentina, India, Paraguay, Pakistan, China, Mexico, South Africa and Australia; and with 90 percent or more of biotech canola were USA and Canada. More importantly, these are the same countries providing food exports needed by the rest of the world including large developing countries.
• Global food security depends on the inter-links between surplus food and feed-producing countries and those which are in deficit production. Biotech soybean and maize in particular, have helped developing countries meet their requirements for feed to produce animal and fish protein.

About ISAAA:
The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) is a not-for-profit organization with an international network of centers designed to contribute to the alleviation of hunger and poverty by sharing knowledge and crop biotechnology applications. Clive James, Emeritus Chairman and Founder of ISAAA, has lived and/or worked for the past 30 years in the developing countries of Asia, Latin America and Africa, devoting his efforts to agricultural research and development issues with a focus on crop biotechnology and global food security.

About PG Economics:
PG Economics is a specialist provider of advisory and consultancy services to agriculture and sectors that both service/supply agriculture and use agricultural raw materials. Its areas of specialization are new technology use in agriculture (eg, plant biotechnology, new breeding techniques), agricultural production systems, agricultural markets, policy, regulation and trade agreements. The authors of this report have been examining the global impact of biotech crops for 20 years and have published widely on the subject, including 28 papers in peer reviewed journals.

Khush Hall, IRRI, UPLB, College, Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines 4031

This release was published on openPR.

Permanent link to this press release:

Copy
Please set a link in the press area of your homepage to this press release on openPR. openPR disclaims liability for any content contained in this release.

You can edit or delete your press release Biotech Crop Adoption Leads to Greater Sustainability and Socioeconomic Opportunities for Global Farmers and Citizens here

News-ID: 1095621 • Views: 1482

More Releases from ISAAA

ISAAA Holds Webinar on Global Impact of GM Crops
PG Economics reports that crop biotechnology continues to boost farmer income, contribute to food security, and reduce environmental impact of agriculture since the first genetically modified (GM) crop was commercialized in 1996. In the upcoming ISAAA Webinar on July 15, 8PM (GMT+8), Graham Brookes, one of the co-authors of the report and Director of PG Economics, will share the highlights of their report on the economic and environmental benefits of GM
Tackling the menace of Fall Armyworm to bolster farmers’ income in India
• SABC launches an ambitious multi-year “PROJECT SAFFAL (प्रोजैक्ट सफ़ल)” an acronym for Safeguarding Agriculture & Farmers against Fall Armyworm in India • Invites partners from agricultural value chain to join the fight against fall armyworm and bolster farmers’ income and livelihood Mumbai (March 08, 2019) – The South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC) – a not-for-profit scientific organization launches an ambitious & multi-year project SAFFAL (प्रोजैक्ट सफ़ल) to safeguard agriculture and farmers against
05-03-2016 | Science & Education
ISAAA
Biotech/GM Crops Planted on Two Billion Hectares from 1996 to 2015
The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) released its annual report detailing the adoption of biotech crops, “20th Anniversary of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops (1996-2015) and Biotech Crop Highlights in 2015,” showcasing the global increase in biotech hectarage from 1.7 million hectares in 1996 to 179.7 million hectares in 2015. This 100-fold increase in just 20 years makes biotechnology the fastest adopted crop technology in

All 4 Releases


More Releases for Economics

Gene synthesis using DNA Microchip Oligonucleotides - Changing Economics of Biot …
Gene synthesis is a technique of synthetic biology which is used to create artificial genes in the laboratory. The technique is used for molecular cloning, creating fusion proteins, or achieving sufficiently high protein expression levels. Compared to traditional molecular cloning techniques, the gene synthesis service is helpful in saving both time and money while offering unparalleled top to bottom customizability. Download PDF Brochure of Study, Click Here @ https://www.theinsightpartners.com/sample/TIPHE100001214/?utm_source=opr%2F10291 The Gene
Modelling Behavioral Economics with Entropic Brain
Decimal Point Analytics has published its weekly digest on 10 September titled “Modelling Behavioral Economics with Entropic Brain” In this edition, the author attempts for the first time to create a path towards a unifying structure for behavioral economics using Shannon’s Entropy as a modelling technique. He posits that the human memory is entropy cost efficient which results in a bias in human memory and behavior. He elucidates his point with
WebWerks Optimizes Data Center Economics with its New Servers
Web Werks announces the availability of a series of new, fully refreshed servers designed for the business demands of the digital era. Mumbai, India 4th June 2018 | Featuring the latest Intel® Xeon® Processor Scalable family, Web Werks updated Data Centers Servers ranges and introduces new, state-of-the-art system designs delivering optimized performance and providing flexible configurability for a wide variety of compute, storage, networking and server management requirements. Web Werks latest server
MyAssignmenthelp.Com Has Hired Economists to Offer Economics Assignment Help
MyAssignemnthelp.com is one of the leading economics assignment help providers working in the UAE. We are associated with ace writers and experts who can offer fastest solutions even to toughest assignments. Recently, we have hired 15 new economists to make our economic assignment wing stronger and more competent in delivering an exact answer to all types of economics assignments. While offering help with economics assignment, we make sure that students get
Future and Economics of Nuclear Medicine
Need to understand future and economics of Nuclear Medicine? Looking for experts in this field? Trying to appreciate the potential of this new technology? MEDraysintell will display its series of market reports and directories with over 2,100 pages of unrivaled intelligence covering Nuclear Medicine, Cyclotrons, Brachytherapy and Proton Therapy, during the EANM – European Association of Nuclear Medicine – congress (Vienna, Austria, October 21-25, 2017). MEDraysintell is gratefully hosted by the
Harvard + Vienna = Economics at International Top
Harvard, Hong Kong, Berlin: Economist with excellent international connections accepts post at MODUL University Vienna The new head of the Department of International Management will begin researching and teaching immediately at Austria's leading private English-language business university The internationally active economist Professor Horst Treiblmaier has been appointed the new head of the Department of International Management at MODUL University Vienna. After holding academic posts in several countries, including at the University