Biotech Updates

United Soybean Board Seeks Global Acceptance of Biotech

March 18, 2011

As the U.S. celebrates the National Ag Day last March 15, 2011, the United Soybean Board (USB) expressed their support for agricultural biotechnology to meet the food, feed, fuel, and fiber needs of the growing global population. One of the initiatives taken by the USB is the dissemination of science-based information about the benefits of biotech crops, especially soybeans. The Board acknowledges that the acceptance of the technology continues to be a challenge that can limit the impact of biotechnology in increasing food production.

"Our number one goal is to start implementing a strategy to promote biotechnology understanding and acceptance around the world," says Richard Fordyce, USB Biotechnology Initiative Team Lead and soybean farmer from Bethany, Mo. "U.S. soybean farmers tell the story of biotechnology around the world and answer questions to promote this understanding."

"Biotechnology has increased yields, and, given the fact that there will not be additional land, it's important to increase yields to continue to feed the growing global population," he added.

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