08 February 2012 14:45 [Source: ICIS news]
“While many countries are taking advantage of plant biotechnologies,
Most of the growth in plant science technology happens in the
Globally, plantings of gene-modified crops rose by 8% in 2011, to some 160m hectares, VCI said, citing data from the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), a non-government group that promotes crop biotechnology.
In 29 countries worldwide, some 16.7m farmers were using gene-modified plants last year, up from 15.4m farmers in 2010.
Marcinowski warned Germany and Europe against basing decisions and policies about the application of gene-modified crops on “emotions, rather than science.”
Politicians and society needed to be “aware of the consequences” as firms are shifting high-tech jobs elsewhere because of an unfavourable policy environment in
Last month, BASF announced it would move its plant sciences business from
In related news, BASF said on Wednesday it would cooperate with Chinese firm COFCO Tunhe on sustainable tomato production in China.
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