This is not a surprise, the Americans are the largest producers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). A report by a researcher from the University of Minnesota conducted on behalf of the Council for Biotechnology Information (Washington DC), an association linked to the industry, 67,5 million hectares were devoted to GMOs in the world-2003 2004, representing a total market of 43,9 billion. Currently, eighteen countries practice the cultivation of transgenic plants (mainly soya, maize, cotton and canola) but five of them will dominate the sector: the US of course (which count 63% of GMO surfaces exploited) , Argentina (21%), Canada (6%) and Brazil and China (4%). American dominance is further reinforced by the number and variety of modified plants authorized for cultivation or 14 to date (including melon, rice, beet, tobacco, tomato, etc.).
LAT 08 / 12 / 04