Before biotech crops are commercialized, they undergo careful assessment and review to ensure that they pose no increased risks to the environment compared to conventional crops. Since being first commercialized in 1996, biotech crops have offered farmers options for more sustainable agricultural practices. Contrary to activist accusations, plant biotechnology actually provides many benefits to the environment by decreasing agriculture’s footprint, as well as supporting biodiversity.
Diversity of living organisms and ecosystems, known as biodiversity, is essential to ensuring continued healthy life on Earth and is crucial for sustainable agriculture and food production. Biodiversity sustains vital ecosystem structures and processes, such as soil protection and health, water cycle quality and air quality. Diverse wild plant varieties also provide the genetic resources necessary to breed new, locally-adapted crop varieties, helping make agriculture more productive and efficient.
CropLife International and its members are committed to making available the best technologies to help achieve sufficient, safe and healthy food production, improved livelihoods and the preservation of non-renewable resources. The use of agricultural technologies such as plant biotechnology can increase the productivity of land already cultivated, reduce the need to farm additional land and thus contribute to conservation of biodiversity