Biotech crops and other new products have led to enormous gains in agricultural production through higher yields and insect-resistance, Norman Borlaug and Jimmy Carter -- Nobel Peace laureates and members of the Council of Advisors for the World Food Prize -- write in a Wall Street Journal commentary. These technologies can also help underdeveloped countries maximize the use of marginal lands, restore soil fertility, and reduce suffering and deaths from hunger. However, some politically motivated individuals and groups are trying to limit the use of biotech crops, creating a debate that overshadows the need for biotech crops in developing countries.

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