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Date : 19 March 2013 | Source : IndoBIC

A recent seminar on Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops in 2012 highlighted unprecendented increase in biotech crop hectarage from 1.7 million hectares in 1966 to 170 million hectares in 2012. In his opening remarks Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture in Jakarta Suswono expressed his support on biotech crops by emphasizing the precutionary principle. 

Dr. Clive James, author of the Global Status Report noted that ub the period 1996 to 2012, millions of farmers in 30 countries worldwide, made more than 100 million independent decisions to plant an accumulated hectarage of more than 1.5 billion hectares – 50% more than the land mass of the US or China; this demonstrates the trust and confidence of millions of risk-averse farmers in biotech crops which deliver sustainable and substantial, socioeconomic and environmental benefits.

The seminar was organized by the Indonesian Biotechnology Information Center (IndoBIC) in collaboration with the Indonesian Society for Agricultural Biotechnology (PBPI), CropLife Indonesia and supported by SEAMEO BIOTROP, and the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). It was attended by 100 stakeholders consisting of scientists, academicians, students, policy makers, farmers, journalists, agro-businessmen, and the general public.

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