Dr. Clive James, founder, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), is interviewed in an article published today in Food & Beverage News (India) in which he states:
“Bt technology is a very big opportunity for Indian farmers who have been suffering from substantial crop losses, high input cost and increased production cost. Only Bt cotton has doubled cotton production, halved insecticides usages and increased net profit to farmers. Bt cotton made India the second largest cotton producer in the world.”
Dr. James concludes, “It is right time the success of Bt technology is repeated in other important food crops.”
ISAAA released its annual report in February 2009 which found that agricultural biotechnology is being used by 13.3 million farmers in 25 countries, including 1.3 million farmers in three new countries that adopted biotechnology crops in 2008 — Burkina Faso, Egypt, and Bolivia. The report found that the United States remained the largest planter of biotech crops with 154.4 million acres planted in 2008 including soybean, maize, cotton, canola, squash, papaya, alfalfa and a new herbicide-tolerant sugar beet.