Friday, April 14, 2006
Speaking on April 11 at the BIO 2006 International Annual Convention, former President Bill Clinton discussed the importance of biotechnology in addressing food security and health issues in the developing world.
"The first obligation of society is to feed its people," said Clinton. "Biotechnology can help us feed more people while addressing environmental concerns such as global climate change."
Clinton also discussed the importance of efficiently managing agricultural production. Climate change and top soil erosion are two key aspects of environmental health that agricultural biotechnology can address. The third is energy policy.
"I'm proud to have supported the development of crops improved through biotechnology and the creation of science-based regulations during my Administration. These crops reduce inputs, allow us to grow more food on less land, and easily transfer technology to people in the developing world. When we empower individuals to feed and care for their families, it is a good thing."
"All of these applications of biotechnology – agricultural, environmental, energy, medical – have the potential to lift people out of poverty. This integration of communities will lead to greater global security."
"President Clinton is a tireless advocate for many of the challenging issues that face mankind such as global health, and ending poverty and hunger in developing nations," said James C. Greenwood, president and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). "As President Clinton emphasized today, biotechnology has the potential to improve the world for future generations."
BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and 31 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.
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