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BIO: Agri-biotech, An Environmental Success Story

April 27, 2012

As part of the Earth Day 2012 celebration, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) released its 2012 Earth Day fact sheet which contains the different biotech contributions to sustainability. Moreover, the said fact sheet tags agricultural biotechnology as an environmental success story.

Biotechnology makes farming more earth-friendly, as it helps enhance soil, air, and water quality. Moreover, BIO emphasizes that agricultural biotechnology continues to provide significant environmental benefits because it makes positive contributions to both global food production and security.

According to the National Research Council, improvement of water quality proves to be the largest single benefit of genetically engineered crops.

Other benefits of biotechnology that BIO has listed are reduced pesticide runoff and greenhouse gas emissions, ensured energy security brought by biofuels, and lowered pollution through the transformation of a wide variety of industrial processes.

Read more about how biotech contributes to sustainable farming at http://www.biotech-now.org/food-and-agriculture/2012/04/earth-day-2012-biotech-contributions-to-sustainability.