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Do You Know where Biotech Crops are Grown in the World?

By Clement Dionglay
January 27, 2021

Do you know where biotech crops are grown in the world? This updated ISAAA infographics show where biotech crops were grown in different countries and regions in the world. In 2019, 29 countries from all over the world planted 14 biotech crops, led by the top five countries USA, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, and India.

The USA remains the largest producer of biotech crops in the world, planting 37.6% of the global biotech crop area. Ten biotech crops were planted in the USA in 2019, including maize, soybeans, cotton, alfalfa, canola, sugar beets, potatoes, papaya, squash, and apples.

In Latin America, ten countries led by Brazil planted biotech crops in 2019. Biotech soybeans are the most planted crop in the region. Brazil is the top developing country planting biotech four biotech crops, soybeans, maize, cotton, and sugarcane.

More than six million farmers in India planted Bt cotton in 2019, placing India as the fifth largest producing country of biotech crops in the world. Australia, on the other hand, is the only country planting biotech safflower in 2019.

In Africa, Bt cotton was planted in Malawi, Ethiopia, and Nigeria for the first time in 2019. Six African countries are now planting Bt cotton in the region.

Spain and Portugal remain the only countries planting biotech maize in Europe.

With the high adoption rates of principal biotech crops in major biotech crop-producing countries, approximately 1.95 billion people or 26% of the world reaped the benefits of biotechnology in 2019.

For more details, download the infographics at the ISAAA website or visit the ISAAA Brief 55 page:

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