New Web Site Features Viewpoints on GM Crops

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A new multimedia website, Conversations about Plant Biotechnology at, offers visitors a glimpse of the discussions taking place among farmers on the impact of genetically modified crops. These crops have been grown for a decade on more than one billion acres worldwide.

This week in on the site, Graham Brookes, Director of PG Economics and a UK agricultural economist, shares the results of his study on the economic and environmental impacts of biotech crops since they were introduced in 1996. According to Brookes, “… we were surprised at the magnitude of the benefits both economic and environmental – especially the environmental benefits.”

Also featured are Roman and Adelaida Bernal, who grow corn and rice on three hectares in the Philippines. After nearly 50 years of farming, Roman says the use of insect-protected, biotech corn has dramatically increased their net income, helping them to build a new house. Adelaida comments, “…with biotech, we got what we have been dreaming for – for so long.”

Visitors to the site can sign-up for a service that alerts subscribers when new video content is available. To view these “Conversations about Plant Biotechnology,” please visit The site is hosted by the Monsanto Company.

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