- Biotech crops generate significant and multiple benefits by reducing yield loss from insect pests, weeds and diseases, and also result in substantial savings of pesticides.
… U.S. farmers continue to demonstrate unprecedented confidence in biotech/GM crops, modified through biotechnology. The June 2012 USDA Crop Acreage Report shows near or complete optimization of the current technology in the three large-acreage biotech crops – maize, soybean and cotton – first commercialized in the U.S. in 1996.
“Unprecedented high adoption rates are testimony to overwhelming trust and confidence in biotech crops by millions of farmers worldwide,” said Dr. Clive James, founder and chairman of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). “Farmers are masters of risk aversion. As soon as biotech crops are commercialized, their adoption is rapid, leading to near or complete optimization – the simple reason for the success of biotech crops in the U.S., and in another 28 countries around the world, is that they generate significant and multiple benefits by reducing yield loss from insect pests, weeds and diseases, and also result in substantial savings of pesticides.”