The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) recently released its report on the Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops 2012. Two significant developments were noted.
First, developing countries now dominate in plantings of biotech crops. “For the first time since the introduction of biotech/GM crops almost two decades ago,” the report said, “developing countries have grown more hectares of biotech crops than industrialized countries, contributing to food security and further alleviating poverty in some of the world’s most vulnerable regions.”
Developing countries accounted for 52 percent of the total global plantings of biotech crops in 2012, up 50 percent from 2011, according to the report.
Second, 2012 marked “an unprecedented 100-fold increase in biotech crop hectarage to 170 million hectares from 1.7 million in 1996, when biotech crops were first commercialized.”
According to Clive James, veteran author of the annual report and chair and founder of ISAAA, “This makes biotech crops the fastest adopted crop technology in recent history.”
The full report can be accessed at the ISAAA web site. The site includes an executive summary, press release in multiple languages, a PowerPoint slide presentation, and list of tables and figures. ISAAA has also posted a short video on YouTube showing the growth of biotech crops globally since 1996.
News media articles on the new ISAAA report include: