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Date:3/16/2010

(USB) director from South Dakota, says that farmers have embraced biotechnology and it impacts the average American, "The first generation of biotech soybeans focused on helping farmers control weeds. While this can seem a long way from the grocery store, it means that farmers are able to grow food for the public with significantly less pesticides and herbicides."

Laura Foell, a USB director from Iowa, adds, "As a parent and a farmer, I chose biotechnology because I wanted my kids eating safe, nutritious foods. After all, our vegetable garden for the family's meals is right next to our soybean fields, so it was important to reduce my farm's pesticide use. Biotechnology cut it by half."

Biotechnology Can Help Feed the World

The United Nations recognizes that biotechnology has the potential to improve the quantity and quality of food while protecting safety. It forecast the need to double food production by the year 2030 to prevent global catastrophe. An estimated 800 million people around the world suffer from chronic food shortages, or else millions could go hungry.

"Most farmers are humanitarians," notes Foell. "We want to grow enough food to feed the world. Since we're not making any more land, we have to produce more high-quality food on every inch of farm land we've got."


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Contact: Rayanne Zackery
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United Soybean Board
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