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GM Crop Area Grows 8% to 160 Million Ha, Checks 19 Million m.t./year of Emissions

8:45 AM MST | March 2, 2012 | Alex Scott

Genetically Modified (GM) crops were grown over an area of 160 million hectares in 2011, an 8% increase compared with 2010, according to a report by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA; Manila), a not-for-profit international organization promoting the use of GM technology. Area under GM crop cultivation was largest in the U.S. by a significant margin, followed by Brazil and then Argentina (see table).    The past year was the 16th year of the commercialization of biotech crops, following the technologies...

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