Source: CropLife International

Adoption of plant biotechnology continues to grow worldwide as confirmed by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) announcement that 15.4 million farmers in 29 countries grew biotech crops on 148 million hectares in 2010. This is a 10 percent increase over 2009, and includes the adoption of biotech crops in three new countries — Pakistan, Myanmar and Sweden — as well as a return to planting biotech crops in Germany.

"Feeding an ever-increasing world population is a challenge for countries and farmers around the world," said Denise Dewar, executive director for plant biotechnology at CropLife International. "The continued increase in biotech crop plantings worldwide is further evidence of growing preference for these crops, the benefits they provide farmers, and the role they can play in helping countries gain food security and achieve self-sufficiency."

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