What in the World?
I am not Catholic. I am pissed off. I am giving up Monsanto for Lent.
This is Day 9.
Today’s post is brought to you by The Other Side. The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), a pro-agri-biotech non-profit that seems to believe GM crops are the solution to poverty worldwide, has graciously provided the following statistics:
Between 1996 and 2010, the world has seen an 80-fold increase in biotech crops. The growth rate averages 7% annually.
In 2009, 135 million hectares of biotech crops were grown worldwide. In 2010, that number increased to 148.6 million hectares. (1 hectare = 10,000 square meters, or 2.47 acres.)
Roundup Ready soya is the most common GM crop. (Too bad soya isn’t healthful to begin with!)
In 2010, Pakistan and Myanmar joined the GM wave by planting genetically cotton for the first time. Sweden became the first Scandinavian country to grow GM crops — in this case, potatoes.
Germany planted the same variety of GM potatoes in 2010, becoming one of 8 EU nations now growing GM maize or potatoes.
The top five GM-producing countries are:
- United States — 66.8 million hectares — soya, maize, cotton, canola, squash, papaya, alfalfa, sugarbeet
- Brazil — 25.4 million hectares — soy, maize, cotton
- Argentina — 22.9 million hectares — soy, maize, cotton
- India — 9.4 million hectares — cotton
- Canada — 8.8 million hectares — maize, soy, canola, sugarbeet
Why the spread? Surely not political pressure!
…and on…and on…and on…
Recommended Reading: Bittersweet Harvest, Harvard International Review, 2006
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