Countries Growing GMOs


The world’s leading producers of GM crops are the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, India and China. In 2006, GM crop production also reached noteworthy levels in Paraguay, South Africa, Uruguay and Australia. In the EU, GM crops have remained uncommon. Appreciable GM maize production in the EU only took place in Spain on an area of nearly 60,000 hectares. In Portugal, Germany, France and the Czech Republic, transgenic crops were primarily grown for small-scale field trials.

In 2005, Iran and the Czech Republic were added to the list of countries commercially growing transgenic crops. As of 2006, 38 percent of GM crops are grown in developing countries.

 

Global Area of Genetically Engineered Crops, 1996 to 2006: By Country (Million Hectares)

CountryUSAArgentinaBrazilCanadaChinaParaguay
19961.50.10.1
19978.11.41.30.0
199820.54.32.8<0.1
199928.765.71.4*4.00.3
200030.310.03.6*3.00.5
200135.711.85.7*3.21.5
200239.013.56.3*3.52.1
200342.813.93.04.42.8
200447.616.25.05.43.71.2
200549.817.19.05.83.31.8
200654.618.011.56.13.52.0

*illegal cultivation of gmos: calculated area

 

Global Area of Genetically Engineered Crops, 1996 to 2006: By Country (Million Hectares)

CountryIndiaSouth AfricaUruguayAustraliaMexicoRomania
1996<0.1<0.1
19970.1<0.1
1998<0.10.1
19990.10.1<0.1<0.1
20000.2<0.10.2<0.1<0.1
20010.2<0.10.2<0.1<0.1
2002<0.10.3<0.10.1<0.1<0.1
20030.10.40.10.1<0.1<0.1
20040.50.5.0.30.20.10.1
20051.30.50.30.30.10.1
20063.81.40.40.20.10.1

 

Global Area of Genetically Engineered Crops, 1996 to 2006: By Country (Million Hectares)

CountryPhilippinesHondurasColombiaIranSpainPortugalGermany
1996
1997
1998<0.1
1999<0.1<0.1
2000<0.1<0.1
2001<0.1<0.1
2002<0.1<0.1<0.1<0.1<0.1
2003<0.1<0.1<0.10.1<0.1<0.1
20040.1<0.1<0.10.50.1<0.1
20050.1<0.1<0.11.30.1<0.1<0.1
20060.2<0.1<0.1<0.10.1<0.1<0.1

Source: ISAAA, Clive James, 2006.

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