Wednesday, May 05, 2010
CHICAGO -- A report by the National Research Council released here at BIO International concludes that U.S. farmers are realizing higher profits due to the widespread use of certain genetically engineered crops and are reducing environmental impacts of agriculture – both on and off the farm.
Farmers are realizing “substantial economic and environmental benefits’’ including lower production costs, reduced use of pesticides, and better yields, the report said.
“The NRC’s report acknowledges what we have known all along: That genetically engineered (GE) crops provide significant environmental, economic, and social benefits, and they are an integral tool in achieving sustainable agricultural production,’’ said Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, BIO Executive Vice President for Food and Agriculture, who issued a statement at BIO International responding to the study.
“That means farmers get a greater financial return while using environmentally friendly farming practices products. As the world confronts agricultural challenges such as climate change and a higher-than-ever demand for food supplies, the NRC report assures us that advances in biotechnology are providing the solutions that are desperately needed by today’s farmers.”