COPENHAGEN, DENMARK U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack addressed the COP15, discussing the links between agricultural productivity and climate change. Vilsack points out that increasing food demand is putting more and more pressure on the environment, which is already suffering from a number of factors, including deforestation.
“To the extent that we can increase agricultural productivity we can reduce pressures on land and remove one driver of deforestation. Science and technology are already playing critical roles in moving us towards this direction,” said Secretary Vilsack. A supporter of ag biotech, Secretary Vilsack has said, “Certainly, biotechnology is one strategy for more sustainable agriculture.”
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The transcript of Secretary Vilsack and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s conference call on Food Security can be found here.
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