Background last update:6 Aug 2012

How biotechnology can help

Besides producing just more crops on more land, technology will play an even more important role in future feed production.

Genetic enhancement of crops has already had notable beneficial effects on the environment due to lower applications of more biodegradable herbicides and insecticides.

Acceptance of transgenic or GE crops with improved nutritive value has the potential to reduce overall demand, keep prices in check and reduce demands on the environment to produce more crops.

Soybean varieties that are higher in protein, lower in trypsin inhibitor, possessing reduced phytate and higher in essential fatty acids have already been developed and will be commercialised when they have been thoroughly tested and are acceptable.

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