Viewpoint: Developing world farmers see GMO crop adoption as path to prosperity

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Farmers on the frontiers of prosperity are choosing GM seeds.

They’re embracing this technology so much that 54 percent of the global cropland devoted to GM technology is in the developing world, in countries such as Brazil, India, and South Africa as well as Bangladesh, Honduras, and Myanmar.

That may be the most significant finding in the new annual report from the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), which has tracked GMO plantings for more than two decades.

GMOs, says the report, are “the fastest adopted crop technology in recent times.” They accounted for fewer than 2 million hectares in 1996, when they were first commercialized, to nearly 192 million hectares last year.

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Although large farms in the United States and Canada have driven much of this growth …. farmers who choose GMOs overwhelmingly come from poor countries. These farm folks chose biotech to improve their finances and food security. The additional results include less chemicals and tillage which are great environmental outcomes. This choice is improving prosperity for families and communities.

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