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Title: Benefits of Biotechnology


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Benefits of Plant Biotechnology
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Plant biotechnology is about
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Scientists and government regulators asked the
same questions two decades ago that others are
asking today.
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  • Mission
  • To improve understanding and acceptance of
    biotechnology by collecting balanced, credible
    information and communicating this message
    through a variety of media.

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Consistently, support for biotechnology is
higher among people who have heard more about it.
Percentage who support biotechnology to ...
Develop new varieties of crops
Genetically modify foods
November 2001 survey by Council for Biotechnology
Information
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Awareness of plant biotechnology benefits
continues to rise.
For new medicines and health care techniques
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To grow more food to feed expanding population
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For hardier crops to withstand drought, poor soils
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For healthier foods
Percentage among general public who agrees that
each is true of biotechnology
To reduce need for chemical pesticides
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One in four doubt the safety of enhanced foods
another one in four are uncertain.
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What Is Plant Biotechnology
  • The Benefits of Plant Biotechnology
  • The Regulatory Framework

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Plant Biotechnology
  • A precise process to improve plants.

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Selective breeding led to higher-yielding
varieties.
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Teosinte
Modern corn
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Gregor Johann Mendel
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Law of Uniformity
Law of Segregation
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No conceptual distinction exists between genetic
modification of plants and microorganisms by
classical methods or by molecular techniques
that modify DNA and transfer genes.
  • National Research Council

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Benefits of Plant Biotechnology
  • More food
  • Better food
  • Better for the environment

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More Food
  • Producing more food more efficiently.

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Projected world population
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Benefits of Plant Biotechnology
  • More food
  • Better food
  • Better for the environment

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Synthetic insulin the very first biotech product
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Let food be your medicine and medicine be your
food.
  • Hippocrates

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Rice enriched with vitamin A
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High-protein corn in Africa, Asia and Latin
America
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Agricultural biotechnology holds great promise
for Africa. We dont want to be denied this
technology because of a misguided notion that we
dont understand the dangers of the future
consequences.
  • Hassan Adamu, Nigerian Minister of
    Agriculture and Rural Development

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Papaya biotechnology network
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Better Food
  • Genetically improved oilseeds for healthier
    cooking oil.

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Healthier vegetables
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Benefits of Plant Biotechnology
  • More food
  • Better food
  • Better for the environment

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Bring environmentally sensitive land under the
plow, or increase productivity on existing land?
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Plant biotechnology means less spraying
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Plant biotechnology means more conservation
tillage
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Better for the Environment
  • Mangrove genes transferred to annual crops to
    promote tolerance to saline soils.

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A powerful tool for fostering ecofarming as well
as for enhancing the productivity of rainfed and
saline soils.
  • M.S. Swaminatham
  • 1987 World Food Prize recipient

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Government Regulation
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World Health Organization
  • American Dietetic Association
  • American Medical Association
  • Institute of Food Technologists

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Government regulation
  • Less trust in food regulatory systems in Europe.

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Benefits of plant biotechnology have been
agronomic
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We have recently advanced our knowledge of
genetics to a point where we can manipulate life
in a way never intended by nature. We must
proceed with the utmost caution in the
application of this new found knowledge.
Luther Burbank
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The turning point in agriculture was hybrid
wheat.
Jacob Bronowski The Ascent of Man
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Plant biotechnology represents the next leap
forward
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If they can give us a better tomato, Im for
it.
  • Julia Child

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Scientists around the world agree that the new
gene-splicing technology lowers even further
the already minimal risk associated with
introducing new plant varieties into the food
supply.
  • Professor Henry Miller, Stanford University

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We are increasingly encouraged that the
advantages of genetic engineering of plants and
animals are greater than the risks . . . We
cannot agree with the position of some groups
that say it is against the will of God to meddle
with the genetic make-up of plants and animals.
  • Bishop Elio Sgreccia, vice president of the
    Pontifical Academy for Life

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The more people know, the more they support
biotechnology.
Council for Biotechnology Information Research
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For more information
  • Council for Biotechnology Information
  • www.whybiotech.com
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • www.aphis.usda.gov/biotechnology/laws.html
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • www.epa.gov/pesticides/biopesticides
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • www.cfsan.fda.gov

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Plant biotechnology is about
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  • Council for Biotechnology Information
  • 1225 Eye Street N.W., Suite 400
  • Washington, DC 20005-5958
  • Phone (202)467-6565
  • www.whybiotech.com
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