The global surface of cultivated transgenics decreases for the first time since its commercialization began

The global surface of cultivated transgenics decreases for the first time since its commercialization began

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The ISAAA, an organization financed, among others, by the large biotechnology companies, publishes a report every year which reflects the areas cultivated with GMOs globally. Usually this report is published in January, so this year it was strange to have reached April without it appearing. Finally, it has been published with surprising news: although since its commercialization the adoption of these crops had increased every year, in 2015 for the first time it has decreased. Although this drop has not been very strong (1%), it represents a brake on the historical trend that had occurred in this market.

For yet another year, this report reflects the true situation of transgenic crops in the world: large areas of monoculture destined for the export market (mainly for animal feed and biofuel production), and focused on two features: production of insecticides (what in the report they call "resistance to insects") and tolerance to herbicides, mainly glyphosate.

On the other hand, ISAAA takes the opportunity to blame GMO regulations (which are far from perfect) for the lack of expansion of these crops. Even in the strictest cases, it is the company itself (and not a government laboratory or independent laboratory) that carries out the tests itself to compare the transgenic variety with its non-transgenic equivalent; Since the process necessary to obtain a transgenic can lead to unpredictable changes (some of which can be detected during the evaluation process, and others that cannot), advocating for the elimination of these controls to favor the expansion of a sector literally implies , put the economic interests of companies ahead of public health and the environment.

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