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Feb 10, 2012

ISAAA's 2011 - Overview of GM Crops Around the World

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.

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