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 - July 1, 2017
Arabic - December 14, 2016
Chinese - June 7, 2017
Thai - March 22, 2017
Bangla - July 1, 2017
Chinese-Traditional - June 7, 2017
Japanese - July 1, 2017
Bahasa Indonesia - June 14, 2017
Korean - August 10, 2016

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What's New

17 Years of Media Reportage of Modern Biotech in PH
ISAAA released a new infographic on the results of the study titled Seventeen Years of Media Reportage of Modern Biotechnology in the Philippines conducted by ISAAA and SEARCA Biotechnology Information Center. The study analyzed the trends in modern biotechnology reporting in major Philippine newspapers including Manila Bulletin, The Philippine Star, and Philippine Daily Inquirer. Articles from Business Mirror released from 2010 to 2016 were also included in the study.

Pocket K 54: Plant Breeding Innovations: CRISPR-Cas9
The CRISPR-Cas9 system is a plant breeding innovation that uses site-directed nucleases to target and modify DNA with great accuracy. CRISPR-Cas9 has received a lot of attention in recent years due to its range of applications, including biological research, breeding and development of agricultural crops and animals, and human health applications

Beyond Promises: Facts about Biotech/GM Crops in 2016
Beyond Promises: Facts about Biotech/GM Crops in 2016 is a visual presentation of the 10 important highlights about biotech crops from 1996 to 2016, taken from ISAAA Brief 52: Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2016.

From Frankenfood to Light of Hope: 17 Years of Agri-biotech Reporting in the Philippines (2000-2016)
The publication is based on a study conducted by ISAAA and SEARCA Biotechnology Information Center published in the April 2017 issue of Philippine Journal of Crop Science.

Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2016
ISAAA Brief 52-2016 is now available!

WATCH: Highlights of the 2016 ISAAA Report


Voices and Views: Messages to the Public
This video summarizes the messages of biotech experts and stakeholders to the public. It addresses concerns on the safety of biotech crops and highlights the importance of public understanding of biotechnology, as well as the benefits that the public can get from biotech crop adoption.

#BiotechisCool Board Game
ISAAA releases its first printable board game on biotechnology! The new material is called #BiotechisCool, which highlights the fun facts on crop biotechnology such as the wonder bacterium and gene gun used for modifying crops and what farmers say about planting biotech crops.

ISAAA in 2016
ISAAA in 2016 summarizes the efforts of ISAAA to bring the benefits of biotechnology to the world, especially in the developing nations.

Biotech Conversations: Real Farmers from Around the World Talk About Biotech
What do farmers from around the globe say about biotech crops? ISAAA answered this question by compiling farmers'''' testimonies on biotech crops and presented them in cartoons.

Pocket K No. 53: Anti-allergy Biotech Crops
Pocket K on Anti-allergy Biotech Crops presents how GM crops tested for allergens and how biotechnology applications are used to remove allergens in food crops.

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.

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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