Engineering Plants

1 decade 8 months 3 days ago Thursday, January 18 2007 Jan 18, 2007 Thursday, January 18, 2007 2:33:39 PM CST January 18, 2007 in News
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A biotechnology advocacy group says a record number of crops were planted worldwide last year. But critics complain the gains were mostly aimed at making corn, soy and cotton crops resistant to weed killers and bugs. None of the genetically engineered crops for sale last year were nutritionally enhanced and much of the output feeds livestock. Still, the report prepared by the industry-backed International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications touted the record as evidence that crops engineered to cut pesticide use can ease poverty and financially benefit small farmers around the world. The share price of St. Louis-based Monsanto, which supplies most of the world's genetically engineered seeds, have risen about 36% in the last year.

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