“Green biotechnology: The cotton success story”

01.01.2009

“Green biotechnology: The cotton success story”

Biotech crops area worldwide

• Green biotechnology (often called GM technology) provides sustainable, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly methods helping farmers around the world to respond to local and increasingly global challenges. More than twelve years of worldwide cultivation have shown the benefits of biotech crops for farmers and society as a whole. This technology has been massively and rapidly adopted around the world; the global biotech crop area jumped by a double-digit growth rate of 12 % in 2006 to reach 114 million hectares in 2007.
• In 2007, there were 12 million farmers from 23 different countries planting biotech crops. 11 million were small, resource-poor farmers from developing countries whose increased income from biotech crops contributed to their poverty alleviation.
 
Adoption of biotech cotton technology by farmers
• The majority of small and resource-poor farmers cultivating biotech crops were cultivating insect-resistant biotech cotton known as Bt cotton. Those Bt cotton farmers were living in China, India and other countries as Brazil, the Philippines, and South Africa.
• In 2007, the area planted with biotech cotton was up 1.6 million hectares, equivalent to a 12% growth over 2006, reaching 15 million hectares globally and equivalent to 43% of the global area of 35 million hectares in 2007.