For thousands of years, farmers have been using breeding techniques to genetically modify crops to improve quality and yield. Modern biotechnology allows plants breeders to select genes that produce beneficial traits and move them from one organism to another. Plant biotechnology is far more precise and selective than crossbreeding in producing desired agronomic traits.
Plant biotechnology has been adopted by farmers worldwide at rates never before seen by any other advances in the history of agriculture. According to the latest report from the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), in 2016, biotech crops were grown by 18 million small farmers on 185.1 million hectares in 26 countries. The reason for such impressive adoption rates is simple — plant biotechnology delivers significant and tangible benefits, all the way from the farm to the fork. Learn more about these benefits in the video and infographic below.
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