On 10 February 2011, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Application (ISAAA) issued its 2011 annual report on the status of gene-modified (GM) crops around the world. The executive summary concludes with the following ranking based on millions of acres planted with GM crops:
- # 1 - The United States continues to be the leader, with approximately 170 million acres of GM crops. Adoption rate is close to 90 percent.
- # 2 - Brazil ranks second in the world with an estimated 74 million acres. In 2011, it experienced a 20 percent year-over-year increase.
- # 3 - Argentina ranks as third in the world with an estimated 59 million acres.
- # 4 - India ranks as fourth in the world with an estimated 26.2 million acres.
- # 5 - Canada ranks as fifth in the world with an estimated 25.7 million acres.
- # 6 - China ranks as sixth in the world with an estimated 9.6 million acres.
- # 7 - Paraguay ranks as seventh in the world with an estimated 6.9 million acres.
- # 8 - Pakistan ranks as eighth in the world with an estimated 6.4 million acres.
- # 9 - South Africa ranks as ninth in the world with an estimated 5.7 million acres.
- # 10 - Uruguay ranks as tenth in the world with an estimated 3.2 million acres.
Overall , global use of GM crops grew by another eight percent in 2011.
The adoption of GM crops in developing countries was 11 percent - twice as fast in developing countries. Countries with the fastest GM growth rate in 2011 were:
- Latin America - Brazil and Argentina
- Asia - China and India
- Africa - South Africa.
For more see:
Anderson, Ken. "Global Adoption of Biotech 'Unprecedented," Brownfield Ag News, 10 February 2011.
Clive, James. "Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2011," in ISAAA Brief 43-2011: Executive Summary. Ithaca, NY: ISAAA, February 2011.