Global Production of Biotech Crops: GMOs Part III

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Global Production of Biotech Crops: GMOs Part III

The following excerpt is from the Penn State Ag Science Magazine Spring/Summer 2015 Edition:

In 2014, 28 countries worldwide produced a total of 181.5 million hectares (448.49 million acres) of biotech crops. To achieve outcomes that once took thousands of years and countless failures, scientists now are turning to genetic engineering techniques. The following map depicts the relative distribution of biotech crops planted in industrial and developing counties. In 2014, 18 million farmers (nearly 17 million of whom were small and resource poor from developing nations), planted biotech crops.

 

Biotech Crop Production

 

Total global production of biotech crops in hectares in 1996 comparedto 2014. Over the past 18 years, biotech crops have beensuccessfully grown in 1.78 billion hectares.

Total global production of biotech crops in hectares in 1996 compared to 2014. Over the past 18 years, biotech crops have been successfully grown in 1.78 billion hectares. (4.39 billion acres)

Global production of biotech crops in hectares in developing nations compared to industrial nations in 2013

Global production of biotech crops in hectares in developing nations compared to industrial nations in 2013.

View the complete article here: http://agsci.psu.edu/magazine/articles/2015/spring-summer

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