With a rapidly growing world population (the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations forecasts 9.1 billion people by 2050), a changing climate and intensifying global environmental problems, agricultural biotechnology is increasingly seen as a potential solution to some of the biggest world challenges.
Although the potential importance of agricultural biotechnology is widely recognised, public discussion and debate has not always been based on clear, factual and accessible information. It is vital for our future that decisions on agricultural biotechnology be based on credible, science-based information.
The Official Australian Reference Guide to Agricultural Biotechnology and GM Crops provides factual information about GM crops based on scienti c evidence. I trust you will nd this a useful reference in informing your considerations.
1 Basic facts on GM 1.1 What is 'conventional' plant breeding? 1.2 What is agricultural biotechnology?1.3 When is breeding considered genetic modification? 1.4 Why do we need agricultural biotechnology?1.5 Have GM crops actually delivered benefits? 1.6 Is it safe to grow and eat GM crops and food?
2 How are GM crops and products regulated in Australia? 2.1 Federal regulation2.2 State regulation
3 What GM crops are grown in Australia? 3.1 Commercialised crops 3.2 Crops in the pipeline
5 Global Adoption
5.1 Commercialised crops
5.2 Crops in the pipeline
6 Can GM crops be grown alongside non-GM crops?
7 Common questions about GM
8 What Farmers Say
9 Glossary & Links
10 End notes