High adoption of biotech crops continued in 2018, according to the ISAAA
Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops in 2018. On the 23rd year
of commercial cultivation of biotech crops, 26 countries grew 191.7 million
hectares of biotech crops, bringing the accumulated biotech crop area to 2.5
billion hectares, a ~113-fold increase since 1996, the first year of
commercial planting of biotech crops. This makes biotech crops the fastest
crop technology adopted in recent times.
The total area of
ult.asp> 191.7 million hectares in 2018 were grown by 26 countries, 21
developing and 5 industrial countries. Developing countries led by Brazil
planted 54% of the total biotech crop area, while the industrial countries
led by the USA planted the remaining 46%. An additional 44 countries
imported biotech crops for food, feed, and processing, bringing the total
number of countries that adopted biotech crops to 70.