Genetically modified crops are expanding worldwide, with total area planted expected to reach 50 million hectares this year. The total area planted in GM crops this year is 10 percent higher than last year, according to a global survey made by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA).

?Despite the ongoing debate on GM crops, particularly in countries of the European Union, millions of large and small farmers in both industrial and developing countries continue to increase their plantings of GM crops,? the ISAAA says.

Clive James, chairman of ISAAA, says global GM crop areas have increased rapidly since 1996, when genetically modified crops were first grown commercially.
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