Acreage planted with biotech crops grew in 2004 for the ninth consecutive year, increasing by 20%, compared with 15% in 2003, according to the International Service for the
Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications. A spokesman for Pioneer
Hi-Bred called biotech "one of the greatest advances in the history of
agriculture," but some family farmers, organic growers and
environmentalists still warn about the hazards of commingling.