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Global genetically modified crops by countries 2019, based on acreage

The United States had the largest area of genetically modified crops worldwide in 2019, at 71.5 million hectares, followed by Brazil with a little over 52.8 million hectares.

Genetically Modified Crop Market

In terms of acreage, the most commonly genetically modified crops are soybeans, corn, cotton, and canola as of 2019. In that year, 13.5 percent of all the cotton grown worldwide was genetically modified. The same was true for 48.2 percent of all soybean plants. Because genetic modifications are proprietary, the market for genetically modified seeds and pesticides is heavily concentrated between a few major companies. Monsanto, the biggest player in the genetically modified crop market based on revenue.

Consumer Views on Genetically Modified Food

Genetically modified foods are very common in the United States. Genetically modified organisms are a controversial topic in the United States, with 39 percent of U.S. consumers believing that genetically modified food is less healthy than non-genetically modified food. The overwhelming majority of U.S. consumers believe that products containing GMOs should be labeled as such.

Area of genetically modified (GM) crops worldwide in 2019, by country

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January 2021



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19 biotech mega countries growing 50,000 hectares, or more, of biotech crops

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