Developing countries grow more GM crops than their industrial counterparts

Credit: Matthew Thayer/AP
Credit: Matthew Thayer/AP

Developing countries continued to plant more biotech crops in 2019, according to the ISAAA report on the Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2019. The report is now available on the ISAAA website.

[Up to] 2011, the global area of biotech crops was evenly distributed. In 2012, developing countries [began outperforming] the developed countries …. In 2019, 56% of the global area of biotech crops [was] planted in developing countries. Of the 29 countries that [grew] GM crops in 2019, 24 were developing and 5 were developed countries.

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BrazilArgentina, and India led the developing countries in terms of biotech crop planting area in 2019.

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