Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2012

(2013). ISAAA Brief 44.

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The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) released its annual global biotech crop acreage report, which found that global adoption of plant biotechnology continues to increase. In 2012, biotech crop were planted on 170 million hectares in 28 countries and were grown by 17.3 million farmers. Last year marked a significant and unprecedented milestone for agricultural technology adoption as developing country hectarage of biotech crops exceeded the area planted with biotech crops in developed nations for the first time. Two new developing countries grew biotech crops for the first time last year, Sudan and Cuba, helping increase biotech plantings in developing nations by over nine million hectares in 2012 over 2011. ISAAA's report also highlighted the incredible growth biotechnology has experienced over the past sixteen years of commercialization. From 1996 to 2012, biotech crops have grown from 1.7 million hectares to 170 million hectares, a 100-fold increase. No other farm technology in history has been adopted this quickly.

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