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Global genetically modified crops by countries 2017, based on acreage

Area of genetically modified (GM) crops worldwide in 2017, by country (in million hectares)

by M. Shahbandeh, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Global genetically modified crops by countries 2017, based on acreage The United States had the largest area of genetically modified crops worldwide in 2017, at 75 million hectares, followed by Brazil with a little over 50 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.
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Area of genetically modified (GM) crops worldwide in 2017, by country (in million hectares)

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