Acreage for Genetically Modified Crops Declined in 2015

Acreage for Genetically Modified Crops Declined in 2015

In 2015, for the first time, the acreage used for the crops declined, according to a nonprofit that tracks the plantings of biotech fields.

In 2015, for the first time, the acreage used for the crops declined, according to a nonprofit that tracks the plantings of biotech fields.

Efforts to expand use of biotechnology to other crops and to other countries have been hindered by opposition from consumer and environmental groups, regulatory hurdles and in some cases scientific obstacles.

Over all, the acreage planted with biotech seeds in 2015 fell 1 percent globally to 444.0 million acres, from 448.5 million acres in 2014. The crops were grown in 28 countries and used by up to 18 million farmers, most of them small ones in developing countries, the report said. Critics say that despite the expansion over the last two decades, biotech crops still account for a small fraction of global farmland and are grown by a small percentage of the world´s farmers.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/13/business/acreage-for-genetically-modified-crops-declined-in-2015.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share&&_r=0

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