Biotech crops have grown on well over a billion hectares in more than 30 countries by nearly 17 million farmers.
We're at seven billion people and counting and we all need to eat. Fortunately, innovation in life sciences is helping meet this challenge. In recent decades, researchers discovered and illuminated the numerous mechanisms by which DNA is recombined in nature and learned how to use those techniques in the laboratory. As a consequence, crops improved through biotech have been grown by now on well over a billion hectares in more than 30 countries by nearly 17 million farmers, 15 million of whom are resource-poor smallholders in developing countries. (We purposely avoid 'genetically modified (GM) crops' as a term since it does little more than reinforce ignorance of the fact that all crop improvement is mediated by genetic modification.)