On-farm benefits of plant biotechnology also benefit society
Posted by: Prof. Dr. M. Raupp
Date: October 12, 2006 08:51AM
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In 2005, Canadian growers planted approximately 14.5 million acres (5.8
million hectares) of genetically modified (GM) canola, corn and soybeans,
The majority of plant biotechnology in Canada enables farmers to adopt
conservation tillage ? a reduction or complete elimination of plowing the
soil to eliminate weeds and prepare fields for planting. The benefits range
from soil erosion control to a reduction in green house gas emission.
"I?m improving the structure of my soil with zero tillage. I?m using less
pesticides," says Jeff Hoiness, a canola farmer who has enjoyed the benefits
of plant biotechnology in Canada since GM canola was first introduced in
1995. "It?s better for the environment. We have less soil erosion than we
did in the past. I mean, that?s got to be good for a lot of other people
than just myself. We?ve increased the wildlife habitat.
"We?re using less fuel per acre, so that means less green house gas
emission," continues Hoiness, comparing his production practices in GM
canola from the last decade to those he used the decade before. "The things
that I?m doing on our farm that I feel are of benefit with the biotechnology
are a benefit to all of society."
Hoiness shares these comments, as well as his perspective on foreign markets
and the future of plant biotechnology in Canada, in an exclusive video
interview and podcast available at the Conversations about Plant
Biotechnology Web site: www.monsanto.com/biotech-gmo/default.asp.
In addition to Hoiness? video and interviews with two of his fellow Canadian
farmers ? Art Enns and Lorne Hamblin ? visitors to the site can access
comments about the benefits of plant biotechnology from farmers in eight
additional countries, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, the
Philippines, South Africa, Spain and the United States.
Conversations about Plant Biotechnology is designed to give a voice and a
face to the farmers and families who grow biotech crops and the experts who
research and study the technology. The Web site contains more than 40, two-
to three-minute, extremely candid, straightforward and compelling video
segments with the people who know the technology best. The Web site is
hosted by Monsanto Company ? a leading global provider of technology-based
solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food
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