The past 10 years have been extremely successful for the biotechnology industry. Products that are herbicide-tolerant or produce their own insecticide to control specific pests. These varieties have been widely adopted by farmers in the United States and in seventeen other countries because they have provided benefits to farmers and the environment by increasing yields and reducing the use of insecticides. Despite this success, the introduction of new GM products has slowed considerably. Whereas most governments and many distinguished scientists have found that these crops are safe, some people continue to be concerned over perceived risks to human and/or environmental health. The controversy over genetic engineering will only increase with the next generation of products.
Agricultural biotechnology; environment, human health; GMO, genetic engineering, pharming; plant based vaccines; medicinals; regulation; liability, patents; stewardship
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