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Social benefits of biotech crops

| | January 16, 2014

This article or excerpt is included in the GLP’s daily curated selection of ideologically diverse news, opinion and analysis of biotechnology innovation.

Ask any sugarbeet grower in the US how their lives have changed since the commercialization of Roundup Ready beets. Really. Ask them.

Before you rail against the technology, or denounce the evil corporations for creating them. Before you argue on twitter or Facebook about how good or bad the technology is for society. Before you write your next post for the New York Times or Grist. Ask a farmer who uses the technology. And then think about what they say.

For people who don’t work on a farm, it is easy to argue over things like corporate greed, perceived risks and benefits, or other issues surrounding biotechnology. But it is important to remember that the biotech traits currently on the market were developed to solve problems that growers face. These traits provide social and cultural benefits that are difficult to quantify in a peer-reviewed journal article.

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