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Global adoption of biotech ‘unprecedented’

Global use of biotechnology in crops grew by another eight percent in 2011.

That’s according to the latest report from the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, which calls the biotech adoption rate “unprecedented”.

The fastest growing countries in biotech usage in 2011 were Brazil and Argentina in Latin America; China and India in Asia; and South Africa on the African continent.

The growth rate for biotech crops in developing countries last year was 11 percent.  That’s twice as fast as for industrial countries.

The U.S. continues to be the leading user of biotech crops globally at 69 million hectares—or about 170 million acres—and an adoption rate of 90 percent across principal biotech crops.  Brazil ranks second with just over 30 million hectares—74 million acres—of biotech crops and saw a 20 percent year-over-year increase in 2011.

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