ISAAA: The ‘green’ way forward with biotech crops

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Biotech corn farmer in the Philippines. PIX/ISAAA

BIOTECH CROPS offer enormous benefits to the environment as well as contribute to the enhancement of both, human and animal health.

They also largely contribute to improving and upgrading the socioeconomic status of famers and crop producers everywhere, and more so in third world countries in Africa and Asia.

This was the take home message during the recent release of the new studies highlighting the continued social, environmental and economic benefits of the global adoption of biotechnology in agriculture.

The study released in Manila on June 26 by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and PG Economics Ltd highlighted the continued social, environmental and economic benefits of the global adoption of biotechnology in agriculture.

Enormous benefits

In his message ISAAA board chairperson Dr Paul S Teng said: “Biotech crops offer enormous benefits all-round to humans, animals as well as the environment.

He highlighted: “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 commercialisation approval for an insect resistant sugarcane – provides more diverse offerings to consumers and food producers.”