For the first time, developing countries producing more GM crops than developed world

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This year, for the first time in the 20 years that genetically modified crops have been available, farmers in developing nations have planted more acres with GM seeds—52 percent of the global total—than their counterparts in developed nations. The US planted the most GM crops last year of any country, but China, India, Brazil, Argentina and South Africa, who together account for about 40 percent of the world’s population, grew 46 percent of the global GM crops in 2012.

Yields have also increased. In the US alone, the Department of Agriculture says that this year’s corn harvest will be the biggest on record, some 14 billion bushels, and 98 percent of this output will be from GM corn.

According to the Center for Strategic & International Studies, countries like Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda–where starvation is endemic–could benefit hugely from biotechnology. Despite the fact that the European Union’s chief scientist, Anne Glover, publically endorsed the safety of GM crops last year, anti-GMO activism in Europe and Africa has led to severe restrictions of GM crops in these countries.

Read the full, original story here: Case Closed: There’s Nothing Wrong With Genetically Modified Crops

 

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