QWhat factors contribute to less usage of GMOs in developing countries?

What factors contribute to less usage of GMOs in developing countries?

AExpert Answer

First, the question is wrongly framed; it’s not true that there’s less “usage” of GMOs in developing countries. In a 2016 report, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) reported that “of the top five countries growing 91 percent of biotech crops, three are developing countries (Brazil, Argentina, and India).” The other two were the U.S. and Canada. Although the U.S. led biotech crop planting in 2016 at 72.9 million hectares, it was followed by two developing countries: Brazil (49.1 million hectares) and Argentina (23.8 million hectares). Canada (11.6 million hectares) was closely followed by India (10.8 million hectares), another developing country.

Second, in Africa, the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) has clearly stated it support for GMO technology in a document called “Freedom to Innovate.” South Africa leads several African countries in GMO commercialization. Many African countries are at different stages on the pathway to commercialization. Delays in putting together regulatory frameworks as well as anti-technology activism has undermined the speed with which the continent has adopted the technology. Although the majority of today’s commercialized biotech crops are developed by large private companies, there is an enormous amount of plant biotech research being done by public sector institutions in Africa; a case in point is Bt cowpea and Vitamin A-enriched sorghum. Here’s a bird’s eye-view of other public sector projects

Posted on July 30, 2018
Genetic engineering (GE) touches on the routine life of billions of people (but not everyone). Food, clothes, and medicine are commonly made with the help of genetically engineered organisms. Certain medicines, like insulin, could only be mass-produced this way. Fiber for clothes is made less expensive thanks to GE cotton plants. You also PROBABLY sometimes eat plants with a few engineered genes, depending on where you live. But genetic engineering isn’t just for making new or better... Read More
Posted on November 26, 2017
One of the great things about farming is our ability to grow many different crops, while at the same time having the choices to raise them in different fashions, with or without biotech in the crops, especially in crops like corn. This can also be challenging as we have to work with our neighbors to make sure what we are growing doesn't cause a negative effect on what they are growing. This can happen in many different instances.    We raise production seed corn,... Read More
Posted on April 12, 2017
There are no GM tomatoes on the market but there is quite a bit of misinformation about GM crops on the Internet – for example “spooky” Fish DNA in tomatoes - that is designed to mislead and scare consumers.                                             ... Read More