Crop Biotech Update

Brazil Leads the Developing Countries in GM Crop Adoption

May 10, 2017

Brazil maintained its second ranking in the top producers of GM crops in 2016, following the US, according to ISAAA Brief 52 Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2016 released last week.

In 2016, Brazilian farmers planted biotech soybean, maize, and cotton on 49.1 million hectares of land, which is 27% of the 185.1 million hectares of GM crops planted globally. Brazil also recorded the highest percentage increase in adoption from 2015 with 11%, making the country the engine of growth of GM crops worldwide.

Brazil planted 32.7 million hectares of biotech soybean, 15.7 million hectares of maize, and 0.8 million hectares of biotech cotton in 2016. Soybean, maize, and cotton were planted to 52.6 million hectares, wherein 49.1 million or 93.4% was biotech. This is expected to increase in 2017 because of the continuous demand for steady supply of maize for pork and livestock in the country.

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