Global area planted to biotech crops

April 13, 2010

(Reuters) – Genetically modified crops were planted on 134 million hectares (335 million acres) in 2009, up 7 percent from 2008, according to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA).

The following is a look at the global area planted to biotech crops since the world’s first crop, a biotech soybean, was introduced in 1996.

Year Hectares
(million)
Acres
(million)
1996 1.7 4.3
1997 11 27.5
1998 27.8 69.5
1999 39.9 98.6
2000 44.2 109.2
2001 52.6 130
2002 58.7 145
2003 67.7 167.2
2004 81 200
2005 90 222
2006 102 252
2007 114.3 282
2008 125 308.8
2009 134 335

Source: ISAAA
(Reporting by Carey Gillam)

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