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July 2009



Database Of The Safety And Benefits Of Biotechnology

Welcome to the CropLife International database of published papers and reviews demonstrating the benefits and safety implications associated with the use of agricultural biotechnology products.

Adoption of Agricultural biotechnology continues to rapidly grow worldwide. As a result of the consistent and substantial economic, environmental and welfare benefits offered by biotech crops, millions of small and resource-poor farmers around the world continued to plant more hectares of biotech crops. Progress was made on several important fronts in 2008 with: significant increases in hectarage of biotech crops; increases in both the number of countries and farmers planting biotech crops globally; substantial progress in Africa, where the challenges are greatest; increased adoption of stacked traits and the introduction of a new biotech crop. These are very important developments given that biotech crops can contribute to some of the major challenges facing global society, including: food security, high price of food, sustainability, alleviation of poverty and hunger, and help mitigate some of the challenges associated with climate change. (James C., ISAAA, 2008)

Current figures show that approximately 13.3 million farmers across 25 countries grew biotech crops in 2008, up from 8.25 million farmers across 17 countries in 2004. Notably, over 90% of the beneficiary farmers were from developing countries (James C., ISAAA, 2008).

While studies recording, demonstrating and quantifying the benefits of biotechnology exist, they can be difficult to find. The purpose of this database is to enable you to quickly and easily locate and access credible scientific information about the demonstrated benefits of agricultural biotechnology products and the safety implications associated with their use. The database therefore provides access to a selection of quality studies that highlight the global benefits of biotechnology products.