Brazil established as a leader in adoption of biotechnology
Five EU countries planted a record 129,071 acres of transgenic corn, 13% more than in 2011. Spain led the EU with 116,307 hectares of GM maize, 20% more than in 2011. Two new countries, Sudan (insect resistant cotton) and Cuba (insect resistant maize) planted transgenic for the first time in 2012. The United States continues to lead the planted area and the rate of technology adoption, with 69.5 million hectares with an average of 90% adoption for all cultivars. India planted a record 10.8 million hectares of transgenic cotton with an adoption rate of 93%. Only in 2011, the adoption of GM varieties has reduced CO2 emissions by 23.1 billion pounds, equivalent to removing 10.2 million cars from the road, saving 108.7 million hectares of land and contributing to poverty reduction of 15 million small farmers.