Genetically modified crops set record planting levels |

Genetically modified crops set record planting levels

A record 175.2 million hectares of biotech crops were grown by 18 million farmers in 27 countries in 2013, according to a report released by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA).

That is an annual growth rate of 3 percent, up 5 million from 170 million hectares in 2012.

That 175.2 million hectares translates to 433 million acres, and is a 100-fold increase from 4.2 million acres in 1996.

“Eighteen million farmers around the world are testament to the benefits that agricultural biotechnology provides,” said Cathleen Enright, executive vice president for food and agriculture at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), which released the study in the United States. F

–the Hagstrom Report

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