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Bacillus thuringiensis (or Bt) crops and food have another name. Because they are developed through recombinant DNA technology they are commonly called genetically modified (GM) crops or foods. They are also referred to as biotech crops.
Since the introduction of biotech crops in 1996, developing countries have grown more hectares of these crops than countries in the developed world — contributing to food security and further alleviating poverty in some of the world’s most vulnerable regions as well as making a huge contribution in efforts at mitigating global climate change.
Adoption of biotech crops in developing countries have increased steadily over the years, finally turning the corner and surpassing industrial nations with a 52% hectarage planted with a large variety of biotech crops.
Read the full story here: Eco-crops — Agriculture’s green bravura