Biotech Updates

U.S. Gov't Reaffirms Support of Agri-biotech

March 23, 2012

In a short video released by the U.S. government on March 16, 2012, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Jose Fernandez reaffirmed the government's support to agricultural biotechnology as tool for food security. Fernandez stressed that biotech can help produce more food using resources such as land, water, fertilizer and pesticide.

"Agricultural biotechnology has already shown it can increase crop yields dramatically," said Fernandez. "Just to give you an idea of how dramatically: Over the past 15 years, agricultural biotechnology has enabled the production of 229 million more tons of food, feed, and fiber."

Fernandez also mentioned that the U.S. works with other governments around the world to promote science-based regulatory systems. The U.S. will also put initiative on public outreach to prevent and eliminate misinformation on agri-biotech.

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