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Farm area devoted to GM crops shrank in ’15

Low commodity prices caused the global farm area devoted to genetically modified (GM) crops to shrink in 2015 for the first time since commercial cultivation started in 1996, according to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA).

The ISAAA is a non-profit organization the advocates the benefits of crop biotechnology, especially to poor farmers in developing countries. It has offices in the Philippines, Kenya and New York.

The group said in its latest report on the global status of biotech crops that in the Philippines, the total farm area for biotech corn fell to 700,000 hectares last year from 800,000 hectares in 2014.

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