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Genetically modified plants:
Global Cultivation Area


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Acreage of GM maize in million hectares


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GM maize share in the total maize acreage of a country


  Cultivation since Cultivation area 2013 (in million hectares)
GMO Ratio 2013
Global 1997 57.4 32%
USA1997 35.6 90%
Canada1997 1.7 98%
Argentina1998 3.2 80%
Paraguay 2012 0.5n. a.
South Africa1998 2.4 86%
Spain1998 0.1n. a.
EU 281998 0.1n. a.
Columbia 2013 <0.1
n. a.
Honduras2002 <0.1
n. a.
Philippines2003 0.8n. a.
Cuba 2008 0.3n. a.
Egypt2008 0n. a.
Chile 2002 20.0n. a.
Brazil2008 12.9 82%


GM maize is also grown on a small scale in Portugal, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Romania.

The figures are based on international agricultural statistics, partly on estimates and unverified press reports.

An EU Research Project

What are the risks of growing GM crops?

What are the benefits?

Numerous studies have addressed the potential impacts of genetically modified (GM) plants. Yet the existing evidence on the effects of GM plants is often contradictory and the quality of scientific research varies widely.

Therefore, the GRACE project will establish new tools for assessing the quality of existing studies and will conduct comprehensive reviews to identify health, environmental and socio-economic impacts of GM plants.

More information


GMO Soybeans & Sustainability

Less soil erosion and fuel consumption: herbicide tolerant soybeans are promoting sustainable cultivation methods.


Glyphosate in European agriculture

Interview with a farmer

Glyphosate containing herbicides are not only used in fields with GM crops. They also allow conventional farmers to sow directly into stubble fields without ploughing. Glyphosate has replaced mechanical weed control in many crops and has had an important impact on agricultural practices and crop yields in Europe over the past few decades.

European Glyphosate Task Force

June 11, 2014 [nach oben springen]

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