Biotechnology is the use of living organisms to develop useful products, and includes genetic modification.
Agricultural biotech products are the most stringently tested food products available to consumers. Few organizations commercialize plant biotechnology as we do, because of the high costs of R&D and the necessary level of regulatory testing.
The process begins with the discovery of a new genetic sequence, which eventually results in high quality hybrid seeds to be tested and evaluated. Rigorous laboratory and field studies are carried out.
The entire process takes around 13 years, including 9 years of regulatory work both in the cultivating country and the major import markets.