GM crop planting declines for the first time

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TREND WATCH: The area planted with genetically modified crops globally declined for the first time in 2015.

The 1% decline — the first in the technology’s 20-year global commercial history — was primarily due to an overall decrease in both GM and non-GM crops caused by low commodity prices, says the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), a non-profit biotech industry group that tracks GM crops.

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