FFA2014: Increasing the Competitiveness and Investment in Farm Businesses

As for the TTIP, GMOs are a main focus on which the US insists to gain access to the European market. Listen to FFA video [09:30 – 09:55], [16:50 – 18:55], [29:00 – 30:03,] [57:00 – 58:00], [01:07:54 – 01:09:14].

Dr. Pedro B. Arcuri, Embrapa: Status of biotech crops in Brazil

GM crops are now about 70%-80% of the cultivated area in Brazil. Biotechnology is not only helping farmers cultivate but it also ensures employment and helps Brazilian society through trade.

FFA2014: Darci Vetter, Department of Agriculture, USA

How the US look at the key barriers which include regulation on biotechnology. The US priority is on speeding the approvals of the evaluated products, but the European scientific review includes some more steps that request more significant time.  [01:20 – 02:03]

FFA2014: Session on TTIP

In the context of TTIP negotiations, the EU-US trade relations in the food and agriculture sector are now being discussed intensively.  Listen to FFA videos [29:37 – 30:50], [53:00 – 53:54], [58:59 – 01:00:20], [01:04:07 – 01:06:46].

Forum for Agriculture 2014: Paola Testori Coggi (EC)

Europe authorizes GMOs, it doesn't ban them. The authorization is made however after a severe, thorough, long process of evaluation. It is the length of this process which is sometimes criticized by others. [02:45 - 03:36]

The Cost of Delaying Approval of Golden Rice

Two agricultural economists, one from the Technical University of Munich, the other from the University of California, Berkeley, have quantified the price of that opposition, in human health, and the numbers are truly frightening.

The Socio-Economic Impacts of Currently Commercialised Genetically Engineered Crops

This review summarises the results of the literature on the broader set of socio-economic impacts of genitically engineered crops.

Highlights of the 2013 Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops Report

A record 175.2 million hectares of biotech crops were grown globally in 2013. 2013 was the 18th year of commercialization. More on

10 Reasons we Need Biotech Foods and Crops

Biotechnology has helped farmers grow 311.8 million tons more food in the last 15 years.

Our Food and Agriculture in Numbers

This infographic shows all the numbers collected by FAO in regards to the state of food and agriculture in the world.

Taking Root: Global Trends in Agricultural Biotechnology

This paper argues that emerging trends of transgenic crops show significant societal benefits through positive economic impact (especially by raising farm incomes), fostering food security, and promoting environment sustainability.

Public Attitudes to Science - UK Survey

Public Attitudes to Science 2014 is the fifth in a series of studies looking at attitudes to science, scientists and science policy among the UK public. It shows that the UK public are as enthusiastic about science as they ever have been.

GM Science Update: A Report to the UK Council for Science and Technology

This paper considers the recent developments in the science of GM crops since the Royal Society published its report ‘Reaping the Benefits – Sustainable Intensification of Global Agriculture’ in 2009.

Bhagirath Choudhary, Director ISAAA South Asia Center: The Benefits of bt Cotton in India

Bt cotton has been a phenomenal experience in India for 12 years. Bhagirath Choudhary explains the benefits of this technology for local farmers and its contribution to national economy.