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Genetically modified plants:
Global Cultivation Area



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Acreage of cotton in million hectares


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GM cotton share in the total cotton acreage of a country


  Cultivation since Cultivation area 2013 (in million hectares)
GMO Ratio 2013
Global 1996 23.9 70%
USA1997 3.7 90%
China 1997 4.2 90%
India2002 11.0 92%
Argentina1998 0.5n. a.
Australia1997 0.4n. a.
Costa Rica 2009 <0.1n. a.
Colombia2002 <0.1n. a.
Paraguay 2012 0.1n. a.
Mexico2003 0.1n. a.
Sudan 2012 <0.1n. a.
South Africa1998 <0.1n. a.
Myanmar 2010 0.3n. a.
Burkina Faso2008 0.5n. a.
Pakistan 2010 2.8 86%
Brazil2009 0.5n. a.


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.

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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 10, 2014 [nach oben springen]

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