Agri orgonization presents gains on Biotech crops

February 27, 2013 11:12 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 27 — An increase in biotechnologically produced crops in the country has been a crucial point discussed today on a seminar about the global status of commercialized biotech/GM crops in 2012, presented by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA).

As a non-profit organization focused in improving agricultural methods, ISAAA desires to share knowledge freely on biotech crop through informed decision-making.

Their thrusts include production stabilization and improved food distribution system.

The organization also sets scientific and technological components as essential in crop improvement strategy that integrates the best of the conventional and modern farming to optimize productivity.

According to their statistics, 17.3 million farmers in 28 countries who have adopted planting biotech crops in a total of 170.3 million hectares in 2012 had a 6 percent sustained increase over 2011.

Dr. Clive James, founder and chairman of the ISAAA board of directors highlighted the contribution of developing countries like the Philippines in making significant and promising results caused by the adoption of biotech crop farming.

In his data, Dr. James noted that for the first time, developing countries grew about 52 percent of biotech crops in 2012 compared to 48 percent in industrialized countries.

The data also showed that from 1996 to 2012 biotech crops significantly contributed to environmental sustainability and food security by increasing crop production valued at US$ 98.2 billion, saving 473 million kilograms of pesticides, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 23.1 billion kilograms, conserving biodiversity by saving 108.7 million hectares of land and helping 15 million small farmers (totaling 50 million people).

These impacts of biotech crop adoption in improving productivity and income, protection of biodiversity and poverty alleviation has been prospected as a possible basis in proposing laws on farming and environment in the legislature.

In conclusion, Dr. James said that “the right to food is imperative, and that is why we have to work together,” emphasizing that humanitarian benefits are eventually seen as an outcome in promoting the production of biotech crops. (PNA)



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