• 00:01    |    
    Opening credits
  • 19.5    |    
    • Personal background
    • Contents of the conference
  • 02:15    |    
    Myths about biotechnology
    • Biotech crops endanger human health
      • Independent scientific studies
      • Scientific American: " Sowing a Gene Revolution"
      • Conclusions
    • Environmental risks
      • Elimination of nontarget organisms
      • Gene flow risk
        • Gene flow nonsense
        • Sterility
    • Reduction of Crop Biodiversity
      • Ancient biotechnology: teosinte versus maize
      • Comparison between traditional breeding and biotechnology
        • Traditional plant breeding
        • Plant biotechnology
      • Large number of mutant varieties
  • 22:12    |    
    Current biotechnology traits
    • Herbicide tolerant
    • Pest resistant
    • Virus resistant
    • Drought resistance
  • 27:16    |    
    Economic success of biotech crops
    • Projections
    • Top 8 Biotech countries
  • 29:10    |    
    Advantages of biotech crops
    • Productivity
    • Farm advantage and income benefits
      • Income benefits: developing versus developed
      • Majority of biotech farmers from developing countries
    • Less use of pesticides
  • 35:03    |    
    Proper risk analysis of biotechnology
    • Tradeoffs between risks and other risks
    • Increased rate of productivity: reduction of deforestation pressure
    • Precautionary principle
  • 43:26    |    
    Reasonable biotech regulations
    • Same regulations between conventional and biotech crops
    • General approbation of genetic traits
    • Fast-track recognition process of biotech crops
  • 45:47    |    
  • 46:47    |    
    • What is the source of the precautionary principle?
    • What are the advantages of crop sterility technology?
    • Does biotechnology only reduces the costs of inputs?
    • Has biotechnology research done in tropical crops like coffee?
    • Do farmers need special agricultural practices to successfully develop biotechnological crops
    • What is the future of biotechnology?
    • Do you have a site or a forum to access for more information and discuss about biotechnology?
  • 01:02:45    |    
    Final words
  • 01:03:17    |    
    Final credits

Sustainable and Profitable Farming for Developing Countries

New Media  | 18 de octubre de 2007  | Vistas: 1947

About this video

Biotechnology crops are more resistant to herbicides, pests, virus and drought than conventional crops. The myths about biotechnology are hazards to human health, environmental risks, and reduction of biodiversity. Biotech crops increase the rate of productivity and decrease the use of pesticides, and have been more successful in developing countries.  Reasonable  regulations need to focus on Fast-track recognition process of biotech crops and in treating conventional and biotech crops with the same regulations.


Sustainable and Profitable Farming for Developing Countries
Ronald Bailey

Milton Friedman Auditorium
Universidad Francisco Marroquín
Guatemala, October 18, 2007

New Media - UFM production. Guatemala, October 2007
Camera: Mynor de León, Claudia de Obregón; digital editing: Alexander Arauz; index and synopsis: Christiaan Ketelaar; publication: Pedro David España


Ronald Bailey is the science editor for Reason magazine and his…