Brazil leads in global GM crop area expansion
Brazil narrowly surpassed Argentina as the second-largest grower of genetically modified crops after the US in 2009, according to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). That was due to a 35.4% increase in GM crop plantings in Brazil to 21.4 million ha. The 5.6 million ha increase was the largest in the world last year, the ISAAA points out. Plantings of herbicide-tolerant soybeans rose by 14.1% to 16.2 million ha, representing an adoption rate of 71% (65% in 2008). There was a nearly four-fold increase in plantings of Bt maize to 5 million ha, while the GM cotton area amounted to 145,000 ha. Herbicide-tolerant cotton was planted for the first time on 29,000 ha.