Reduction of the energy requirements and inputs associated with the use of such products
The worldwide area under commercially grown genetically modified (GM) crops has been rapidly increasing since they were first introduced in 1996. Insecticide and herbicide resistant traits account for more than 60 per cent of the GM crops grown worldwide. The estimated global area of transgenic or GM crops for 2001 is 52.6 million hectares or 130.0 million acres grown by 5.5 million farmers in thirteen countries.
The increase in area between 2000 and 2001 is 19%, equivalent to 8.4 million has. or 20.8 million acres. This increase is almost twice the corresponding increase of 4.3 million has. between 1999 and 2000, which was equivalent to an 11% growth.
Globally, transgenic cotton is now grown on 6.8 million has., (16.8m acres) representing 13% of the area of all GM crops grown last year. Of the 34 million has. (84 million acres) of all types of commercially grown cotton last year, 20% were GM - up from 16 % in 2000.
In South Africa, the commercial release of insect resistant Bt cotton was made possible by the Genetic Modified Organism Act (GMO Act 15) of 1997. Bt cotton was the first commercial release of a GM crop variety in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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New ISAAA report on the documented experiences of Bt cotton farmers in India (PDF Format)
New ISAAA report about 2002 acreage and BT cotton.
ISAAA new "pocket" brochures summarizing the benefits of BT cotton in developing countries.
ISAAA new brochure about the benefits of BT cotton in South Africa. (PDF format)
ISAAA new report shows GM crops generating global economic, environmental and social benefits: small farmers in developing countries are major beneficiaries
Results of Insect Infestation
Results of insect infestation on Bt (right) and non-Bt (left) cotton bolls.