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10 useful facts about agricultural biotechnology and where to find further information:


1. GM crops are being developed to help fight malnutrition

For example, Pioneer Hi-Bred International is developing sorghum to contain more vitamin A, zinc and iron. More info...


2. GM crops can increase farmers’ income

Since 1996, farmers globally have gained over €44 billion in farm income due to GM crops. More info...


3. Drought tolerant crops are expected to be available in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2017

It is hoped that may provide yield increases of 20 to 50 percent under moderate drought conditions. See the Academic Research tab, left, for more info...


4. GM crops are safe to eat

Globally, more than two trillion meals containing GM ingredients have been eaten over the last 15 years without one health incident having been identified.


5. GM crops reduce CO2 emissions

This is due to less tillage being required. In 2011, GM crops led to global emissions savings of 23 billion kg of CO2 or removing 10.2 million cars from the road. More info...


6. GM crops reduce the pressure of farming on fragile marginal land

This is because GM crops can improve yields by six to thirty per cent on the same amount of land. More info...


7. GM crops increase productivity

If biotech crops had not been available during the period 1996 to 2011, an additional 108.7 million hectares of conventional crops would have been required to produce the same tonnage. More info...


8. GM can help vital crops to be resistant to diseases

For example, in Uganda bananas are being developed to resist Banana Xanthomonas Wilt, which hits up to 80 per cent of farms and sometimes wipes out entire fields. More info...


9. Bio crops may one day produce ‘edible vaccines’

GM crops are being developed to produce vaccines against certain diseases. For example, bananas are being developed to vaccinate against Hepatitis B. More info...


10. GM crops are already helping the developing world

In 2012, 17 million farmers grew over 170 million hectares of GM crops in more than 30 different countries. Over 90 per cent of these were resource-poor farmers and just under half of the land grown with GM varieties was in developing countries. More info...