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Three Billion Acres and Growing!

We don’t know exactly where it happened, so there weren’t any fireworks or parades. It could have been in my country of Brazil. It almost certainly was in South America where an early planting season offered the correct timing.

But sometime in the recent past, the acres planted to biotech crops passed three billion acres, according to Truth about Trade & Technology, an American non-profit group keeping track of planting reports from world governments.

How big is three billion acres? It’s bigger than all of the United States by one-third. It’s bigger than the Amazon rainforest. It’s bigger than all of Brazil. It’s big enough to say with absolute certainty that biotechnology is now a thoroughly conventional attribute of modern agriculture. Read more