Bio-era Releases AGBIOTECH 2005 Report on Regional Trends in GM Crop Adoption and Acceptance

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New Report Examines Recent Trends and Outlook for GM Crop Adoption in Africa, Asia, North and South America, and Europe Â? Evaluates Elements of Business Environment in Key Countries

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Bio Economic Research Associates, or bio-era™ (, a leading independent research and advisory firm providing analysis on the future of the global bio economy, today released a new research report, entitled “Agbiotech 2005: Regional Trends in Adoption and Acceptance”

The full color report (55 pages; 24 graphics and illustrations) analyzes key developments and emerging trends in the regional adoption and acceptance of GM crops, and is available for purchase on the bio-era website. The report summarizes recent developments in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, North America and Europe—with in-depth coverage of key countries in each region, especially for rapidly developing countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. The .pdf version of the full report includes “influence maps” of institutional voices in the GM crop debate within key countries that are conveniently hyper-linked directly to each institutions website.

Key Findings:

  • New legislation, regulations, and commercial agreements coming into place in 2005 in Latin America and Asia make this a momentous year for agricultural biotechnology. The frameworks now being put in place will pave the way for significant further expansion of GM crops in these regions. But key stakeholder groups, detailed in the report, still have the potential to shift the trajectory of events.
  • Based on an evaluation of technical, commercial, and regulatory factors affecting the business environment for GM crops, Bio era rates the United States, South Africa, Paraguay, Egypt, Canada, Brazil, and the Philippines as the nations most supportive of GM crop development.
  • Despite the growth in GM crop adoption in some regions, the possibility of uniformly open markets for GM crops is fading. Regulations governing GM crops and food products in Europe and Japan remain highly restrictive, even as central governments take formal steps toward new GM crop approvals. These regulations cast a long shadow into the international market for key crops
  • New biotech policies likely to be introduced this year in India and China will be of tremendous importance to the future of GM crops in Asia. Overall, GM crops are taking root on a rapidly increasing scale in the developing world, but not without controversy and opposition. If longstanding issues in a few especially challenging areas that continue to generate controversy could be solved, companies and governments might win sufficient public confidence to open the way for much greater and more rapid value creation.

To purchase the report, or for more information, please visit or contact Stephen C. Aldrich 617 876-2400.

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