Agricultural Biotechnology: Potential for use in developing countries.

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Report produced by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, October 2003 In this report, various biotechnology adoption regimes and trade scenarios are modeled using ABARE’s global trade and environment model, which demonstrates that the largest gains from adoption occur in some of the poorer regions of the world. While food security issues of socioeconomic instability and poor distributional infrastructure need to be addressed, it is shown in the report that biotechnology offers the prospect of a more secure food supply in developing countries through improved yields, improved suitability for local conditions and improved nutrition. The potential or higher crop yields for a given area of land also shows considerable promise for the preservation of natural ecosystems, with less of the natural environment needing to be cleared for food production.

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