GM, up from 16% in 2000.

 

* In the first six years, 1996 to 2001, a cumulative total of over 175 million has. (almost 440 million acres) of GM crops were planted globally and met the expectations of millions of large and small farmers.

 

* The number of farmers that benefited from GM crops increased from 3.5 million farmers in 2000 to 5.5 million in 2001. More than three-quarters of the farmers that benefited from GM crops in 2001 were resource-poor farmers planting Bt cotton, mainly in China and also in South Africa.

 

* There is cautious optimism that global area and the number of farmers planting GM crops will continue to increase in 2002

 

The above are excerpts from "Global Review of Commercialized Transgenic Crops: 2001", by Clive James, ISAAA Briefs No. 24: Preview. For media inquiries please contact Tel +1-345-947-1839 from 9.00 A.M. to 5.00 P.M. EST, New York, USA. The publication and further information can be obtained from ISAAA's SoutheastAsia Center: e-mail publications@isaaa.org. Cost of the publication, ISAAA Briefs No. 24, is $US 25.00 including postage. The publication is available free of charge to nationals of developing countries.

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