Monday, June 09, 2003

here we go
California is the state with the most to gain from widespread adoption of the 32 biotech crop varieties under development and eight that already have been introduced, according to a study last year by the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy.

Introduction of those biotech crops -- including apples, broccoli and lettuce -- would reduce California's pesticide use by 66 million pounds a year, according to the study, which was paid for partly by the biotech industry. Between lower bills for agricultural chemicals and higher yields, economic benefits for California were pegged at $207 million annually.

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