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GM soy/maize adoption hits 80% in Brazil

Adoption of genetically modified crops in Brazil’s two major crops has reached over 80%, according to a Gazeta do Povo newspaper-commissioned study. Some 28.7 million ha of the combined maize and soybean area in the 2011/12 planting season was sown with GM lines, an 86% share of the crops, the newspaper reports. Some 83% of the maize area was GM, rising from 50% of the area in 2009/10, when the technology was first available on a large scale. GM soybeans, which have been legally commercialised for six seasons, accounted for 87% of that crop’s area. GM lines even advanced in those regions that have most resisted the entry of GM crops such as in the state of Parana, the newspaper adds. Brazil led global growth in GM crop adoption last year, planting over 30 million ha of GM maize, soybeans and cotton ( Agrow No 634, p 15).

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