Friday, May 2, 2008

Genetically Engineered Stats

We are in the second decade of GMO crops, the twelveth year.

12 years of experimental crops with proven risks and negative effects.

Statistics about acreage , production, of genetically modified plants:

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/BiotechCrops/

http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~lrd/biocon

http://www.isaaa.org/Resources/publications/briefs/37/reportsummary/default.html

(This report particularly informative)

In 2007 -- 114. million hectares on a global basis

a 12% increase in acreage or 12.3 mi hectares

Also multiple traits, 2-3 traits, measured in trait hectares

If measured by t-hec it's 2x the growth, or 22% growth

Over the laast 12 years there have been
690 MILLION HECTARES planted

12 million farmers , 23 countries,

2 countries joined ---poland & chile joined in 2007

11 million farmers of biotech crops in "developing" countries

3.6 Billion people or 55% of the global population live in the 23 countries that grew biotech crops in 2007

North American acreage grew 3.1 million hectares, 37% of that multiple traits

India with the biggest increase grew 63% 6.2 million hectares planted by 3.8 million farmers planting BT Cotton

Growth increased by 9% in China 3.8 mi hectares by 7.1 million farmers

Brazil increased 22% to 15 mi hectares, 14.5 was soy, remainder .5 mi BT Cotton

Argentina maintained 2nd position in biotech acreage

South Africa a 30% Increase in growth mostly in white maize for food

Increased to 8 countries in EU , 77% increase, above 100,000 hectares for the
first time

By 2015 the countries are expected to double acreage to 200,000,000 hectares

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