Adoption of Ag Biotechnology Up More Than 8 Percent
Because of their tremendous environmental and economic benefits, farmers around the world continue to adopt genetically engineered crops, according to a report released Tuesday by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications. The ISAAA report, Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2011, says a record 16.7 million farmers in 29 countries are growing biotech crops on 395 million acres.
According to the report, “such adoption represents a 94-fold increase in hectares planted since 1996, making biotech crops the fastest adopted crop technology in recent history.”
“This year’s ISAAA report further confirms what we have known all along: that agricultural biotechnology is a key component in sustainable crop production,” said Dr. Cathleen Enright, executive vice president of food and agriculture for the Biotechnology Industry Organization. “When you look at the rising number of acres of biotech crops planted each year (395 million in 2011 compared with 366 million in 2010), and the increasing number of farmers who have chosen this technology (16.7 million in 2011 compared with 15 million in 2010), it’s obvious that biotech crops are delivering value to more and more growers around the world,” she said.