While sitting around the table with your family this Thanksgiving, remember to give special thanks to our nation’s farmers who work hard to produce a plentiful and safe food supply.
America’s farmers are so productive in part because they have access to biotech seed varieties which increase the yields of staple crops such as corn and soybeans, while helping the environment through minimizing the use of pesticides. Scientific research could lead to breakthrough solutions for environmental challenges, such as the introduction of drought-tolerant and flood-tolerant seeds, helping our nation’s farmers grow more crops even in times of droughts or floods.
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TIME: biotech seeds improve productivity of US farming
TIME discusses the contributions of US agriculture to fueling economic growth, noting that biotech seeds help the environment and improve crop yields.
The article points out, “a number of innovations have made U.S. farmers significantly more productive than they were just two decades ago. Bioengineered seeds mean they can use smaller amounts of pesticides and water.” Read more.
Wall Street Journal: Chinese companies investing in biotech
According to the Wall Street Journal, a large Chinese seed producer plans to expand its development of agricultural biotechnology to help feed the world’s most populous nation. This is “an important sign of China’s growing appetite for U.S. crops and biotechnology.” Read more.