Higher Quality, Lower Production Costs and Reduced Use of Chemicals Among Greatest Benefits
St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) December 15, 2008-- Brazil is one of a few developing countries that have made significant progress in plant biotechnology over the last decade. In a new online video recently released, Dr. Elíbio Rech, a biotechnology researcher at Embrapa in Brazil, discusses the worldwide need for GM crops, as well as biotechnology regulation and the safety of the technology.
"… there is a need to solve problems that are not possible to solve through traditional breeding methods. So, we need genetic engineering to aggregate value and solve problems for the producers," says Dr. Rech, who has spent his entire professional life working in the area of plant biotechnology and believes the social and economic benefits of genetically modified crops in Brazil are high.
"In the case of biotechnology in agriculture, it is really important that we use this technology, not only to aggregate value to the products, but also to develop products with better quality, whose production costs are lower, and which reduce the use of chemicals in the environment. So, this technology makes each of these three things possible, and they are very important for our planet."
According to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), transgenic soybean crops planted by Brazilian farmers are estimated to have increased farm income by US$1.9 billion in the four-year period 2003-2006. From an environmental perspective, ISAAA also reports there has been a savings of 62.7 million liters of diesel, 7.5 billion liters of water and a reduction
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