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Crop protection practices reduce the overall loss potential of 50% to actual losses of about 29%: 10% to pathogens, 2% to viruses, 8% to animal pests and 9% to weeds (1996-1998 on a regional basis for 17 regions).
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Since biotech cotton was introduced in the United States, songbird populations have increased 37% in Mississippi, 34% in Alabama and 10% in Texas.

(2008). Stewardship and Sustainable Agriculture: Making it Work . .



The top eight countries in 2009, each of which grew more than 1 million hectares, in decreasing order of hectarage were: USA(64.0 million hectares), Brazil (21.4) Argentina (21.3), India (8.4), Canada (8.2), China (3.7), Paraguay (2.2), and South Aafrica (2.1 million hectares).
(2009). Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2009 The first fourteen years. Brief No. 41: Executive Summary. : Ithaca, NY.


A new crop protection product takes 8 to 9 years and in excess of US$200 million to develop (from discovery to first sales). Of this total, as much as 40% is spent on researching environmental fate and impacts.

, (2009). The Challenges of Chemical Control of Plant Diseases. Recent Developments in Management of Plant Diseases.


Conservation tillage enabled by low impact weed control products have reduced soil erosion by 50-98%.

(2006). Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2006. Brief No 35. : Ithaca, NY.



US Wheat Soil Loss 1987-2007: The indicator of soil loss for wheat made significant progress during the period 1987 through 1997 as soil loss above T decreased from approximately four tons to two tons per acre. Over the twenty year study period, tons per acre decreased 39%. Similarly, soil loss efficiency improved dramatically, roughly 50%, with most improvements over the first half of the study period and more gradual improvements in the second half.

(2009). Field to Market: The Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture . .


The Cost of bringing a new Active Ingredient to the Market (EU and USA) The overall costs of discovery and development of a new crop protection product increased by 21.1% from $152 million. (€115million) in 1995, to reach $184 million. (€140million) in 2000. From 2000 to the 2005-8 period, costs increased by 39.1% to $256 m., equivalent to €189 million at constant exchange rates.

(2010). Agrochemical Industry Research and Development Expenditure. .


Nearly all estimates of future demand for agricultural goods suggest a need to double agricultural production by 2050, if not before.

(2006). World agriculture: towards 2030/2050. : Rome.



16% of U.S. agricultural land is irrigated - irrigated land produces 2.5 times more than non-irrigated land.

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Updated global impact assessments for biotech crops indicate that for the period 1996 to 2008 economic gains of US$51.9 billion were generated from two sources, firstly, reduced production costs (50%), and secondly, substantial yield gains (50%) of 167 million tons; the latter would have required 62.6 million additional hectares had biotech crops not been deployed. (2009). Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2009 The first fourteen years. Brief No. 41: Executive Summary. : Ithaca, NY.


The IMF estimated in April 2008 that food prices represented 44% of global inflation in 2007, and as much as 67.5% in Asia.

(2008). Comprehensive Framework for Action. . .






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Newsletter December 2007

IN THIS ISSUE:

Training prize for 2006 for East & Southern Africa awarded to South African.  North Africa Middle East Hub & Regulatory Meetings in Amman, Jordan.  "Training of Trainers Follow-up" session in Nigeria with IFDC.  CropLife International Director General steps down.  CropLife Africa Middle East final Executive Committee Meeting for 2007 in Amman, Jordan.  IPM and Responsible Use training sessions in Senegal.  Adoption of the Regional Harmonisation Framework by ECOWAS.  Intellectual Property Rights in Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire.  New MRL information source to bolster fresh produce exports in South Africa.  Cascade safe use training in Nigeria.  IFDC Train-the-Trainer in Burkina Faso.  SADC plant protection committee meeting in South Africa.  Container management in South Africa.  New Chairman for CropLife Tanzania.

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