Global genetically modified crops by countries 2018, based on acreage

The United States had the largest area of genetically modified crops worldwide in 2018, at 75 million hectares, followed by Brazil with a little over 51.3 million hectares.

Genetically Modified Crop Market

In terms of acreage, the most commonly genetically modified crops are soybeans, corn, cotton, and rapeseed as of 2017. In that year, 80 percent of all the cotton grown worldwide was genetically modified. The same was true for 77 percent of all soybean plants, and about a third of corn 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 2018, by country

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Source

Release date

June 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2018

Special properties

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

Supplementary notes

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