London (08.05.17) – ISAAA has just published their review of GM-crops for 2016.

The broad message is that up to 18 million farmers in 26 countries planted about 185 million hectares (457 million acres) in 2016, an increase of 3% or more than 5 million hectares (13 million acres) compared with 2015. The main crops, as heretofore, were soybean, maize, cotton and canola (oilseed rape).

The report notes that of the total number of 26 countries planting biotech crops, 19 were developing countries and 7 industrial countries….Developing countries grew 54% of the global biotech hectares compared with 46% for industrial countries. Soybean occupied 50% (91 million hectares) of the global biotech crop hectarage, 1% below the 2015 area. Herbicide tolerance has consistently been the dominant trait with 47% of the global hectarage but is slowly declining over the years with the increasing prominence of stacked traits: they increased from 59 million hectares in 2015 to 75 million hectares in 2016 – an increase of 17 million hectares or 41%. Based on the total global crop hectarage, 78% of soybean, 64% of cotton, 26% of maize and 24% of canola were biotech crops in 2016.

In the European Union, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic Slovakia grew more than 136,000 hectares of biotech maize in 2016, an increase of 17% from 2015.


1. Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2016. ISAAA Briefs – BRIEF 52 (


  Worldwide cultivation of GM-crops continues to grow