Wonder which counties are producing the most genetically-modified foods? Wonder no more, thanks to this handy chart from The Economist with information culled from the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). Not surprisingly, the United States tops the list with 66.8m hectares of genetically-modified crops planted in 2010, “2.8m more than in 2009.” Other chart-toppers include Brazil (25.4m), Argentina (22.9m), and India (9.4m). On the low end are Romania, Slovakia, and Poland at fewer than .1m hectares a piece.
However, as The Economist points out, “European countries are subject to severe restrictions on growing genetically-modified crops,” which explains some of the regional discrepancies. Additionally, the chart doesn’t take into account percentage of genetically-modified foods compared to overall crops planted – the U.S., for example, is larger and more agriculturally-driven than Romania to begin with.
via The Economist