Benefits of Biotechnology

Increasing Agricultural Productivity

Delivering Innovative Seed Technologies

Farmers, consumers and the environment all benefit from biotechnology.

Benefits for Farmers

Biotech traits are deployed in seed—primarily in corn and soybeans—to help farmers better manage their crops and improve their yield and profit potential. Traits provide crops with various benefits including protection against insects and disease; water optimization; and increased tolerance to heat, drought and other stressors.

Benefits for Consumers

Biotech crops generally require fewer inputs and resources than conventional crops, resulting in decreased food production costs and lower prices for consumers. Biotechnology helps reduce the price of crops like corn, soybeans and sugar beets by as much as 15‒30 percent.

Debunking Common Myths

Biotech crops are as safe as organic or conventional crops. The development of a commercial biotech trait from discovery to commercialization takes, on average, 13 years and more than $135 million. The regulatory process alone can take 5‒7 years to undergo the rigorous safety tests required.

Regulatory Approval Process

Before a biotech product is commercialized, it must be approved by the regulatory bodies of 60 countries and the European Commission. In the U.S., the federal government oversees the testing and study of biotech products with guidance from agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Health and Human Services' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure safety for growers, consumers and the environment.

Regulatory Approval

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November 07, 2017
Syngenta recognized as an Analytics 50 company for leadership in advanced analytics
Syngenta was presented with an Analytics 50 award by Drexel University's LeBow College of Business during a ceremony at the university's Philadelphia campus on Nov. 2. Learn More >>
November 02, 2017
Syngenta obtains non-exclusive IP license from Broad Institute for CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technology for agriculture applications
Syngenta announced today it has attained a non-exclusive IP license from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technology for agricultural applications. Learn More >>
October 23, 2017
Syngenta named top agriculture employer in 2017 Science Careers survey
Syngenta ranked in the top 20 among the world's leading biotech employers, in an annual survey conducted by Science magazine. The company placed 12 out of 20 employers listed in the survey, which garnered more than 7,000 responses worldwide. Learn More >>