Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2013

ISAAA Brief 46-2013


Dedicated to the late Nobel Peace Laureate, Norman Borlaug, founding patron of ISAAA, on the centenary of his birth, 25 March 2014. Biotech Crop hectares continue to grow and exceed 175 million hectares in 2013, with both large and small developing countries, exerting more global leadership

Farmers First

Feedback from the Farm


A collection of farmers' testimonies from China, India, and the Philippines, about how they started adopting biotech crops, how they benefited from the technology, and why they continue planting biotech crops

Biotechnology for Sugarcane

Pocket K No. 45


This PK covers short discussions about the many uses of sugarcane aside from being a sugar crop; how genetic manipulation can boost its yield and enhance its productivity; how cellulosic biofuel is made; niche products; and the key challenges.

Beyond Promises:

Top 10 Facts about Biotech/GM Crops in 2012


A visual presentation of the 10 important highlights about biotech crops in 2012, taken from the ISAAA Brief 44 Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2012

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BEIJING (Feb. 13, 2014) — The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) today released a report which indicates more than 18 million farmers in 27 countries planted biotech crops in 2013, reflecting a five million, or three percent, increase in global biotech crop hectarage. 2013 also marks the first-ever commercial plantings of drought-tolerant biotech maize in the United States.

Global biotech crop hectarage has increased from 1.7 million hectares in 1996 to over 175 million hectares in 2013. During this 18 year period, more than a 100-fold increase of commercial biotech crop hectarage has been reported. The United States continues to lead global biotech crop plantings at 70.1 million hectares or 40 percent of total global hectares.

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Vietnamese - April 2, 2014
Arabic - January 22, 2014
Chinese - March 26, 2014
Thai - February 19, 2014
Bangla - December 18, 2013
Chinese-Traditional - March 26, 2014
Portuguese - February 1, 2014
Japanese - March 1, 2014
Bahasa Indonesia - February 26, 2014
Korean - February 19, 2014

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French - March 2014 issue
Italian - March 2011 issue
Spanish - July 2012 issue

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Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2013
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Highlights of the 2013 Report
In this video, Clive James, Founder and Emeritus Chair of ISAAA, presents the highlights of the global status of commercialized biotech crops in 2013.

Infographics About ISAAA: The Go-to-source of Information for GM Crops
ISAAA launches the second in a series of infographics on food and agriculture that symbolizes ISAAA as a source by the global agricultural institutions providing reliable data, information and knowledge on biotech/GM crops in industrial and developing countries.

Cadres of Change: Transforming Biotech Farmers in China, India, and the Philippines
A 10- minute video based on the project research Adoption and Uptake Pathways of GM/Biotech Crops by Small-scale, Resource-poor Asian Farmers in China, India, and the Philippines consolidates the farmer narratives from the three countries on adoption and uptake pathways of biotech crops.

Research Reports on Adoption of Commercialized GM/Biotech Crops by Small-scale Farmers in China, India, and the Philippines
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Can Mother Earth Feed 9+ Billion in 2050?
Coinciding with the celebration of the World Food Prize (WFP) Foundation 16-19 October 2013 to honor three distinguished crop biotechnologists, ISAAA launches a new infographic on food and agricultural biotechnology to raise public understanding on challenges of feeding the world of tomorrow.

Farmers First: Feedback from the Farm
A collection of farmers' testimonies from China, India, and the Philippines, about how they started adopting biotech crops, how they benefited from the technology, and why they continue planting biotech crops.

Biotech Traits Annual Updates
A summary of traits deployed in biotech crops which includes short discussions about the trends in biotech traits adoption and benefits of biotech crops with such traits.

Pocket K 45: Biotechnology for Sugarcane
This PK covers short discussions about the many uses of sugarcane aside from being a sugar crop; how genetic manipulation can boost its yield and enhance its productivity; how cellulosic biofuel is made; niche products; and the key challenges.

Beyond Promises: Top 10 Facts about Biotech/GM Crops in 2012
A visual presentation of the 10 important highlights about biotech crops in 2012, taken from the ISAAA Brief 44 Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2012

Biotech sQuizBox (Not Just For Kids)
The activity booklet on biotechnology is designed to inform the public on biotech through trivia and puzzles in cartoons

Pocket K No. 44: Biotechnology for Biodiversity
Pocket K 44 covers short discussions on biotechnology for conservation, biotech for evaluating genetic diversity, biotech for biodiversity utilization, and biotech and biodiversity benefits.

Pocket K No. 43: Biotechnology and Climate Change
This newest addition to the series also covers a short discussion on climate change and its effects in agriculture as well as biotech crops that are being developed or are in the pipeline that have tolerance to abiotic stresses such as salinity, drought and extreme temperatures.

From Monologue to Stakeholder Engagement: The Evolution of Biotech Communication
ISAAA Bried 45-2013 is now available! Download the electronic copy now!

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