Plant Biotechnology….Around The World

Pk16 clip image004Here, There, and Everywhere?

Recent headlines – China to acquire Syngenta and Chinese farmers are illegally growing GMO corn: Greenpeace – got me wondering about the proliferation (or lack of it) of GMO crop plants outside the USA.

It’s seems well-known that biotech crops are not welcome in most of Europe. But what about the rest of the world?

As mentioned in a previous post, some countries have banned GMOs, including most of the EU countries, Russia, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Tasmania (see here for a list of 36 countries that have banned the cultivation of GMO crops).

However, as shown in the table on the right (from: Ref. 1 below), a number of other countries all around the world have indeed been actively engaged in cultivating GMO crops.

Please see the references below – with a particular emphasis on China – for current information regarding this topic.


1. James, C. (2014) “Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2014.” ISAAA Brief No. 49. ISAAA: Ithaca, NY. (Full Text – PDF)

2. Talbot. D. “China’ GMO Stockpile“, MIT Technology Review online, October 21, 2014.

3. Larson, C. “Can the Chinese Government Get Its People to Like G.M.O.s?“, The New Yorker online, August 31, 2015.

4. Li, Y., Y. Peng, E. M. Hallerman, and K. Wu (2014) “Biosafety management and commercial use of genetically modified crops in China.”, Plant Cell Reports, Vol. 33, pp. 565-573. (Abstract).

5. Li, Y., E. M. Hallerman, Q. Liu, K. Wu and Y. Peng (2015) “The development and status of Bt rice in China.” Plant Biotechnology Journal, doi: 10.1111/pbi.12464. (Full Text)

6. Thomson, J. A. (2015) “Why genetically modified crops have been slow to take hold in Africa.” The Conversation, published online July 13, 2015. (Full Text).

7. Kumar, S. (2015) “India eases stance on GM crop trials.” Nature, Vol. 521, pp. 138-139. (Full Text)

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One Comment

  1. For people that are starving (and we know there are millions out there), GMOs cannot be that bad. It always seems preposterous that people from developed countries feel entitled to decide what is good or bad for the inhabitants of under-developed nations. Greenpeace, in particular, is always calling other’s activities illegal, but they forget their own many illegal maneuvers around the world. So, the end justify the means? Who decides on that?

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