Gates' Annual Letter: Make Choices to Help Poor People Become Self-Sufficient 
Australia: 76th Signatory of the Nagoya Protocol 

AATF and AU Sign MoU for Agricultural Technology Transfer 
Africa Needs Strategic Partnerships to Build Scientific Capacity for Agriculture 

Study on Reducing Fertilizer Use in Maize Receives Funding 
Survey: Biotech Alfalfa Leads Plantings in the US 
Canada Allots $8.3 M for Crop-Related Research Projects 
Greenwood: Biotech for U.S. Economy "Built to Last" 
GrassRoots Scientists Study Plants for Biofuel Production 
USDA Unveils New Plant Hardiness Zone Map 

Asia and the Pacific
Asian International Preparatory Meeting for Rio+20, MOP6, COP 11, and CSD20 
India's NAAS Endorses GM Tech for Accelerated and Sustained Crop Production 
MutMap Strategy for Salt-Affected Fields of Japan 
Pakistan and India to Cooperate on Science and Technology 

Don't Ignore Benefits of GM Crops, says UK Chief Scientist 
BASF European Operations to Move to U.S. 
Genetically Modified Bt Maize is Safe, EU Scientists Say 
Wild Grass Tapped to Overcome Devastating Progress of Stem Rust 
Global Research Consortium Presents Findings on Safety of Genetically Modified Food 

Biochemical Characterization and Identification of Tolerance Genes in Salt Stressed Sugarcane 
Scientists Control Protein to Alter Root Growth and Crop Yield 
Effect of Bt Rice Residues on Arthropods During Postharvest Seasons 

NIABI 2012 - 2nd Global Agri-Business Conference 
CIOPORA Meeting in Miami Beach, Florida 
Bangalore India BIO 2012 
National Summit on the Management of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds 

Document Reminders
GAIN Report on Germany's Agricultural Biotechnology 
Towards an Evergreen Revolution- The Road Map 

Greenwood: Biotech for U.S. Economy "Built to Last"

President Barrack Obama of the United States delivered his third State of the Union address on January 24, 2012. Obama challenged his fellow countrymen to see the future where they are in control of their own energy and to have an economy that is "built to last". In response, Jim Greenwood, president and CEO of Biotechnology Industry Organization, said through a statement that biotechnology can meet the challenge of the president to create such economy. He mentioned that the biotech industry continues to provide high-wage and high-value jobs and at the same time drives U.S. leadership in competitiveness and innovation. But more importantly, he stressed that biotechnology offers very significant scientific breakthroughs in disease treatment, alternative energy sources, hunger alleviation, and protection against bio-terrorism.

"Realizing the promise of biotechnology requires a comprehensive national strategy that fine-tunes some policies and overhauls others. The biotechnology sector continues to stand ready to work with President Obama, his Administration and the Congress to help create jobs and drive economic growth," said Greenwood.

Watch Pres. Obama's State of the Union address at Read the complete statement of Jim Greenwood at


This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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