IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
technology means higher yields with less environmental impact
– Advances in crop technology are allowing farmers to grow more food while
using fewer resources, said Dave
Tierney, director of government affairs at Monsanto, at a monthly gathering
of the Agricultural Leaders of Michigan in Lansing this week.
industry has a track record to be proud of,” said Tierney. “Thanks to technological advances, farmers today grow
twice as much food as their parents did – using less land, energy, and water
and creating fewer emissions.”
to Tierney, growing global populations will put increased demands on food
production in the future. He predicts that to keep up with population growth,
more food will have to be produced in the next 50 years than was produced in
the past 10,000 years combined.
went on to discuss food safety and labeling for foods containing biotech
ingredients, pointing out that biotech foods are more strictly regulated that
any other agricultural or food product in history.
the United States, the Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection
Agency and the Food and Drug Administration all have to approve new biotech traits,”
said Tierney. “The U.S. system is really the gold standard for regulation.”
international scientific community, including the United Nations Food and
Agriculture Organization, the National Research Council, and the American
Medical Association, has determined foods that contain biotech ingredients are
as safe as conventional foods. Additionally, the FDA has determined that there
is no significant difference between foods produced using biotechnology and
their conventional counterparts.
to Tierney, requiring mandatory labeling for products containing ingredients
derived from biotechnology would provide no health or safety benefit, but would
alarm consumers by implying that the food may not be safe and could have a
substantial negative impact on agricultural growth and productivity.