Commercialized GM crops on the increase around the world

A new report, Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops in 2018, shows that in 2018, 26 countries (21 developing and 5 developed countries) planted nearly 475 million acres of GM crops, an increase of 4.7 million acres from the record planting of 2017. With implications around commodity acceptance and global trade flows, it’s important to understand how countries around the world are adopting, planting, importing and exporting GM crops.

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) annual report, released this week, highlights the adoption and use of genetically modified (GM) crops around the world.

The ISAAA report also notes a few global trends around the adoption of biotechnology:

With more crops and new traits being added, these changes in global adoption and adoption rates will likely continue.

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Author Megan Provost is vice president of policy and programs for Farm Foundation. She brings together stakeholders in the food and agriculture industries to engage in informed dialogue on timely food, agricultural and rural policy issues.

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