Worldwide planting of biotechnology crops increases 3 per cent
The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri Biotech Applications last week said the amount of genetically modified crops increased by 5 million hectares last year.
It said more than 18 million farmers in 27 countries planted biotech crops last year to 175 million ha.
He said more than 90 per cent of farms planting biotech crops were small nike mercurial superfly and resource poor and that almost all of the farmers who tried biotech crops continued to plant them.
Latin American, Asian and African farmers collectively grew 54 per cent of global biotech crop hectares, up 2 per cent on la nike mercurial superfly st year.
South America planted 70 hectares or 41 per cent, Asia planted 20 million hectares or 11 per cent and Africa planted just over 3 million hectares or 2 per cent.
Australia planted about 220,401ha of Roundup Ready canola last year, and mos nike mercurial superfly t of the nation cotton planting of 566,000ha in 2011 12 was modified.
CropLife Australia chief Matthew Cossey said the report showed the i nike mercurial superfly mportance of plant science innovations to addressing the current and future challenges faced by farmers worldwide.
reports highlight how important it is that Australian farmers be able to use new, innovative and safe technologies to remain globally competitive, meet the requirements of increased food demand, and farm sustainably on limited arable land, he said.