Global Biotech Acreage: “Grey Lady” Editors Miss the Forest for a Tree

Val Giddings April 13, 2016
April 13, 2016

Val Giddings interprets a recent report on global adoption of ag biotech innovations in Innovation Files. The unprecedented rapid adoption of seeds improved through biotech has defied the normally cyclical nature of agriculture for two decades. Annual increases plateaued in 2015 due to low commodity prices suppressing planting and saturation in key markets. News reports focusing on the expected re-emergence of such cycles miss the real stories of ag biotech over the past 20 years, adding more than $150 billion in value, improving agricultural sustainability and the lives of about 18 million farmers in 28 countries, mostly smallholders in developing countries.