Voices and Views: Why Biotech?

ISAAA Brief 50-2015


ISAAA Brief 50 is a collection of personal essays about 32 individuals from all over the world who have followed the development of biotechnology and are convinced that it has a significant role in improving the quality of life.

Adoption and Uptake Pathways of Biotech Crops by Small-scale Farmers in China, India, and the Philippines

Pocket K No. 49


Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2014

ISAAA Brief 49-2014


In 2014, a record 181.5 million hectares of biotech crops were grown globally, an increase of more than six million hectares from 2013.

Adoption and Uptake Pathways of GM/Biotech Crops by Small-Scale, Resource-Poor Farmers in China, India, and the Philippines

ISAAA Brief 48-2014


The Brief shows how modern biotechnology has transformed farming into a profession that harvests agronomic and socio-cultural benefits beyond promise.

Crop Biotech Update: Special Editions

BEIJING (Jan. 28, 2015) — In 2014, a record 181.5 million hectares of biotech crops were grown globally, an increase of more than six million hectares from 2013, according to a report released today by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA). With the addition of Bangladesh, a total of 28 countries grew biotech crops during the year. The 20 developing and eight industrial countries where biotech crops are produced represent more than 60 percent of the world's population.

"The accumulated hectarage of biotech crops grown in 1996 to 2014 equals, roughly, 80 percent more than the total land mass of China," said Clive James, ISAAA Founder and report author. "Global hectarage has increased more than 100-fold since the first plantings of biotech crops."

Crop Biotech Update Translations

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Vietnamese - May 6, 2015
Arabic - April 22, 2015
Chinese - April 29, 2015
Thai - April 15, 2015
Bangla - September 3, 2014
Chinese-Traditional - April 29, 2015
Portuguese - February 1, 2015
Japanese - April 1, 2015
Bahasa Indonesia - March 25, 2015
Korean - November 26, 2014

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French - March 2015 issue
Italian - March 2011 issue
Spanish - July 2012 issue

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ISAAA Brief 50 is a collection of personal essays about 32 individuals from all over the world who have followed the development of biotechnology and are convinced that it has a significant role in improving the quality of life.

Pocket K No 49
Adoption and Uptake Pathways of Biotech Crops by Small-scale Farmers in China, India and the Philippines is now available!

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ISAAA Brief 48-2014
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