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OECD report emphasises key role of GM crops

Around half of global production of the major food, feed and industrial feedstock crops by 2015 is likely to come from varieties developed using biotechnology, says an OECD study. The report, entitled “The Bioeconomy to 2030: Designing a Policy Agenda”, predicts that by 2015, genetically modified crops could account for: some 76% of worldwide area planted with soybeans; 45% of cotton; and around 20% of maize and oilseed rape. It further says that adoption of GM maize and oilseed rape in Brazil, China and India would substantially increase the estimated GM share for these crops because 33% of global maize and over 50% of rapeseed hectares are found in these three countries.

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