Database of the Safety and Benefits of Biotechnology
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.
Adoption of Agricultural biotechnology continues to rapidly grow worldwide. Current figures show that 17.3 million farmers grew biotech crops in 28 countries (20 developing and 8 industrial) in 2012. The growth from 1.7 million hectares of biotech crops in 1996 to 170 million hectares in 2012 is an unprecedented 100-fold increase, making biotech crops the fastest adopted crop technology in the history of modern agriculture. Importantly, this reflects the trust and confidence of millions of farmers worldwide, who have consistently benefited from the significant and multiple benefits that biotech crops offered over the last 17 years, and has provided farmers with the strong motivation and incentive to plant more hectares of biotech crops every single year since 1996 (James C., ISAAA, 2012).
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 descripion 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 seach 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.