Welcome to the CropLife International database of published papers and reviews demonstrating the benefits and safety implications associated with the use of agricultural biotechnology products.
Following a remarkable run of 19 years of consecutive growth from 1996 to 2014, with 12 years of double-digit growth, the global hectarage of biotech crops peaked at 181 million hectares in 2014, compared with 180 million hectares in 2015, equivalent to a net marginal decrease of 1 percent. This change is principally due to an overall decrease in total crop hectarage, associated with low prices for commodity crops in 2015. Since 1996, 2 billon hectares of arable land – a massive area more than twice the landmass of China or the United States – have been planted with biotech crops. Additionally, it is estimated that farmers in up to 28 countries have reaped more than US$150 billion in benefits from biotech crops since 1996. This has helped alleviate poverty for up to 16.5 million small farmers and their families annually totaling about 65 million people, who are some of the poorest people in the world.
While studies recording, demonstrating and quantifying the benefits of biotechnology are available, they can be difficult to find. The purpose of this database is to enable you to quickly and easily locate and access credible scientific information about the demonstrated benefits of agricultural biotechnology products and the safety implications associated with their use.
All the papers have either been published in peer-reviewed journals or have been prepared by organisations that have summarised peer-reviewed studies.
Papers are organised primarily by the different categories of impact of biotechnology, with links on the left column to each impact category. Clicking on the link provides a summary and description of the impact and a list of papers in the database that relate to the relevant impact category.
The database search allows you to further specify your filters to find the right paper of interest. This option is interactive with the search results updating as soon as a parameter is changed.
The list of studies is being continuously added to and updated, and your suggestions for the inclusion of additional studies are welcome via this form.
Bt cotton and employment effects for female agricultural laborers in Pakistan
Abedullah, Kouser S, Qaim M (2016)
Does Bt rice pose risks to non-target arthropods? Results of a meta-analysis in China
Chang X, Dang C, Lu Z, Peng Y, Stanley D, wang F, Wang L, Yao H, Ye G (2017)
The success story of Bt cotton in Burkina Faso: a role model for sustainable cotton production in other cotton-growing countries?
Ingelbrecht I, Pertry I, Sanou IRE, Speelman S (2016)
Do genetically modified plants affect adversely on soil microbial communities?
Biao L, Shun-bao L, Wei W, Yan-lin H, Zheng-jun G, Zheng-Ping G (2016)
Transgenic technologies in cassava for nutritional improvement and viral disease resistance: a key strategy for food security in Africa
Naconsie M, Zhang P (2016)