Crop Biotech Update: Special Editions

BEIJING (13 Apr 2015) — Since 1996, 2 billon hectares of arable land – a massive area more than twice the landmass of China or the United States – have been planted with biotech crops. Additionally, it is estimated that farmers in up to 28 countries have reaped more than US$150 billion in benefits from biotech crops since 1996. This has helped alleviate poverty for up to 16.5 million small farmers and their families annually totaling about 65 million people, who are some of the poorest people in the world.

“More farmers are planting biotech crops in developing countries precisely because biotech crops are a rigorously-tested option for improving crop yields,” said Clive James, founder and emeritus chair of ISAAA, who has authored the ISAAA report for the past two decades. “Despite claims from opponents that biotechnology only benefits farmers in industrialized countries, the continued adoption of the technology in developing countries disproves that” James added.

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Vietnamese - November 1, 2016
Arabic - October 5, 2016
Chinese - November 3, 2016
Thai - October 26, 2016
Bangla - November 1, 2016
Chinese-Traditional - November 3, 2016
Japanese - November 1, 2016
Bahasa Indonesia - November 23, 2016
Korean - August 10, 2016

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What's New

WATCH: Benefits of Countries from Adopting and Importing GM Crops
The video presents the viewpoints of biotech experts and stakeholders from different adopting countries such as Burkina Faso, Brazil, South Africa, and China.

Infographic: Approved Transgenic Plant Events, 1992-2016
A new infographic featuring the number of GM plant events based on the GM Approval Database.

Pocket K No. 52: Marine Biotechnology
Biotechnological applications can be used to harness the potential of the marine environment for human benefit and fundamental biological progress. Know more about marine biotechnology in the latest Pocket K.

Where are Biotech Crops Grown in the World?
The infographic contains information about the 28 countries that planted biotech crops in 2015, based on ISAAA Brief 51: 20th Anniversary (1996 to 2015) of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops and Biotech Crop Highlights in 2015.

Biotech Country Facts and Trends
ISAAA releases the revised series Biotech Country Facts and Trends. The first set in the series features the top five developing biotech countries of Brazil, Argentina, India, China, and Paraguay. Biotech Country Facts and Trends are concise summaries highlighting the commercialization of biotech crops in specific countries.

Addressing Biotech Critics
ISAAA releases its latest short video (6 minutes) capturing the viewpoints of biotech experts and stakeholders from different countries on how to properly address biotech critics.

Beyond Promises: Top 10 Facts about Biotech/GM Crops in Their First 20 Years, 1996 to 2015
A visual presentation of the 10 important highlights about biotech crops from 1996 to 2015, taken from the 20th Anniversary of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops (1996 to 2015) and Biotech Crop HIghlights in 2015, authored by Clive James.

Updated Pocket K on Biotech Crop Highlights
The updated version of ISAAA Pocket K No. 16 based on 20th Anniversary (1996 to 2015) of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops and Biotech Crop Highlights in 2015 authored by Dr. Clive James is now available

Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2015
Since 1996, 2 billon hectares of arable land – a massive area more than twice the landmass of China or the United States – have been planted with biotech crops. Additionally, it is estimated that farmers in up to 28 countries have reaped more than US$150 billion in benefits from biotech crops since 1996. This has helped alleviate poverty for up to 16.5 million small farmers and their families annually totaling about 65 million people, who are some of the poorest people in the world.

WATCH: Issues and Challenges in Crop Biotechnology
A collection of views and personal experiences of eminent scientists, regulators and communicators from 11 countries, in dealing with various issues and challenges in the adoption and acceptance of biotechnology and biotech crops.

ISAAA in 2015
ISAAA releases annual report in 2015. The report features the efforts and accomplishments of ISAAA for 2015 as its contribution for the global populace. ISAAA continues to feed the world with knowledge, strengthen skills, and unify voices with the hope that crop biotechnology will provide solutions to the most pressing needs of farmers, consumers, and the whole community.

ISAAA Infographic: 19 Years of Biotech Crops in the World
A map infographic showing the countries that are planting and importing biotech crops. In the last 19 years, more than 60 developed and developing countries have either planted or imported biotech crops. Twenty-eight countries planted, and 39 more imported biotech crops in 2014.

Pocket No. 51 Coexistence of Biotech and Non-biotech Crops
This Pocket K includes case studies showing that simultaneous planting of biotech and non-biotech crops in contiguous location is possible, following proper guidelines such as scheduling of flowering time and setting buffer distance between farms. The U.S. and E.U. experiences in developing coexistence guidelines were also discussed.

Infographic: Do You Know Where Biotech Crops are Grown?
The infographic shows the commercialized biotech crops grown in the 28 planting countries in 2014 based on ISAAA Brief 49 Global Status of Commercialized Biotech /GM Crops: 2014

Biotech Corn in the Philippines: A Country Profile
The monograph features an overview of the country''s agricultural profile, particularly on biotech corn a background of its biosafety regulations biotech research and development and products in the pipeline and stakeholder experiences and sentiments on biotech adoption.

Biotechnology Information Directory

Search thru over 500 links to research institutes, universities, companies, sources of biotech information and other directories specific to agricultural biotechnology and related fields.

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Crop Biotechnology Events

A list of meetings, courses and workshops related to crop biotechnology world-wide.

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