Crop Biotech Update

US Ag Secretary Perdue: "Don't Fear Your Food"

February 27, 2019

At the recent U.S. Department of Agriculture 95th Agricultural Outlook Forum held at Arlington, Virginia on February 21-22, 2019, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said, "Consumers need the truth: Don't fear your food" in his keynote speech. During the Forum, two panels discussed advances in agricultural biotechnology and the evolution of federal regulation.

"We need to help inform the nonfarmer to understand that crop protection tools and these technologies help to feed the world and will be needed more in the future," said Perdue, who defended the safety record of agricultural biotechnology use in U.S. agriculture. Secretary Perdue added that despite a sterling safety record for GMO foods, misinformation becomes prevalent, leading to bad policy. 

The USA has been at the forefront of biotechnology research, development, and commercialization, and has been the world's top producer of biotech crops since 1996. In 2017, a total of 75 million hectares of biotech crops were planted in the USA.

For more details, visit the Forum website.