Record biotech plantings in 2006

Papaya farmer
A farmer checks the leaves on a genetically engineered papaya tree in Hawaii.

Associated Press reports that that a record number of biotech crops were planted worldwide last year, but no crops as of yet have been nutrionally enhanced for human consumption.  Most GM crops are used to feed livestock, and are genetically altered to be resistant to disease and bugs.

Some 10.3 million farmers in 22 countries grew engineered crops on 252 million acres last year, a 13 percent increase over 2005, according to the report. About 9.3 million of those people were considered subsistence farmers.

The United States, Argentina and Brazil were the top three countries that grew genetically engineered crops last year, mostly soy.

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