Biotechnology-Derived Crops Planted in 2004 – Impacts on US Agriculture

, , (2005). National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy.

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Biotechnology-derived crops have been proven to be economically viable, environmentally sustainable, and as safe as, if not safer, than their conventional counterparts. The number of biotechnology-derived crop applications (herbicide-resistant, insect-resistant or Bt, and virus-resistant) remained the same in 2004, similar to 2003. However, both the planted acreage and available applications increased in 2004. The purpose of this report is to document the changes since 2003, quantify the changes, and update the impact estimates of biotechnology-derived crops planted in 2004. This report attempts to provide an economic perspective and establish the basis to understand why American farmers have embraced biotechnology and are likely to continue to do so. Other impacts on production practices such as tillage are also discussed.

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