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Crop Biotech Update

Brookes Presents Global Impact of Biotech Crops to Indonesian Stakeholders

September 26, 2012

Over a period of 15 years, crop biotechnology has consistently provided important economic and production gains, improved incomes and reduced risk for farmers around the world that have grown GM crops. This was forwarded by Graham Brookes, director of PG Economics, UK during a breakfast meeting on September 17, 2012 at Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta.

Brookes delivered a report on the Global Impact of Biotech Crops: Economic and Environmental Impacts 1996-2010 . In addition, he mentioned that the environment in biotech growing countries is benefiting farmers using more benign herbicides or replacing insecticide use with insect resistant GM crops. The reduction in pesticide spraying and the switch to no-till cropping systems is also resulting in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The majority of these benefits are found in developing countries.

Dr. Ir. Arief Daryanto, MEC of Management and Business School of Bogor Agricultural University served as moderator in this meeting. Some 18 participants from CropLife Indonesia, FMPI (Indonesian Poultry Society Forum), officials from Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Research and Technology attended this meeting.

For more information on crop biotechnology in Indonesia, email Dewi Suryani at catleyavanda@gmail.com.