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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Biotech Expansion in Developing World

The use of GMO's will continue to grow. It will be interesting to watch the battle between natural pests of the unmodified crops and how they evolve to attack the modified organisms. This may be a Pandora's Box that will have ramifications for centuries. On the other hand, GMO's may provide the means to feed the world in a more economical -- and possibly environmentally friendly -- way. That seems like a strange statement to make, but if pesticide use can be reduced through GMO's, if drought resistance can bring food production to starving areas, if yields can be improved through greater plant efficiency, if low-tillage farming methods can be more widely implemented, then perhaps the impact to the environment will be lessened.

Developing Countries Grew More Biotech Crops in ’07

Published: February 14, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Genetically engineered agriculture is spreading worldwide, and its biggest growth in 2007 was in the developing world, according to a report released Wednesday.

Farmers in 12 developing countries planted biotech crops in 2007, and for the first time these countries outnumbered the industrialized countries where such crops are grown, according to...(complete article here).

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