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Agricultural biotechnology uses biological processes to develop technologies and products that address farming challenges. In the face of a rising world population, the agricultural industry is seeking solutions for how to produce enough food to feed more people. More than 17 million farmers around the world have turned to biotechnology to increase crop production, prevent pest damage, and reduce the impact of farming on the environment.

Importance of Biotechnology

Advances in biotechnology have opened up new options for farmers responding to market needs and environmental challenges. Products and technologies created through biotechnology benefit consumers in a range of areas, such as:

  • Improved nutritional value in foods
  • Lower food costs
  • Reduced pesticide use
  • Less reliance on petroleum

NIFA’s Impact

USDA plays a key role in assuring that biotechnology plants and products derived from these plants are safe to be grown and used. NIFA supports this goal by providing the funding and leadership needed to:

  • Improve animal vaccine effectiveness
  • Prevent crop loss caused by pests and disease
  • Increase crop yields by maximizing a plant’s ability to convert energy
  • Assess the risk of biotechnology and promote best management practices
  • Improve the biofuel potential of crops

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