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Dec 2, 2011

Argentina - Independent Research Shows GM Crops Have Provided 15 Years of Economic Benefits

Argentine map demonstrating
levels of soil dryness
blue - water, green humid,
light green light dryness,
orange moderate dryness,
red severe desertification
Photo: Argentina Ministry of Education 
On 2 December 2012 CropBiotech Update reported on the release of an independent report, which concluded that 15 years of growing gene-modified (GM) crops had resulted in positive economic benefits in Argentina.  The report was written by Dr. Eduardo Trigo, a senior independent Researcher with the Forges Foundation and CEO Group.  It summarized that the gross benefits generated from GM crops in Argentina between 1996 to 2010 was approximately US$72.4 million.

The report was funded by ArgenBio, an organization that promotes GM technology.  According to ArgenBio's executive director Gabriela Levitus, not only have GM crops been successful, "our products have been competitive and the international prices have been good. ..."  She noted it was fortunate that, when this technology was made available, the country was ready to adopt it. There were world class breeders, trained and innovative farmers and there was the political will that resulted in the creation of a piooner regulatory system, which guaranteed the safe adoption of GM crops in our country from the start."

The report outlines the economic benefits as follows:
  • HT soybeans - Economic benefits of approximately US$65 million dollars.  Of this approximatley US$3 million reduced production costs (due to less tillage and reduced applications of selective herbicides required by conventional varieties).  The other US$62 is due to the expansion of acreage planted.  Economic benefits received went to: farmers (72.3%), the federal government (21.3%), and technology provides for seed and herbicides (6.5%)

  • BT and HT corn - Economic benefits of an estimated US$5.4 went to farmers (68.2%), the federal government (11.4%) and technology providers of seeds (20.4%)

  • BT and HT cotton - Economic benefits of an estimated US$1.8 million went mainly to farmers (96%), with 4 % going to technology providers (seeds and herbicides).

For more see:

"Economic Impact After 15 Years of GM Crops in Argentina," CropBiotech Update, 2 December 2011.

Trigo, Eduardo J. "Quince Años de Cultivos Genéticamente Modificados en la Agricultura Argentina," 
Forges Foundation and CEO Group, Argentina, 11 November 2011.

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