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Biotechnology Report: 1000 hectares of genetically modified maize grows in Egypt

by Louise Sarant / Egypt Independent’s weekly print edition.

An international organization that promotes the use of agricultural biotechnology ranked Egypt third in terms of the commercialization of genetically modified crops in Africa, in its 2012 annual report on the use of biotech crops worldwide.

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) — funded by multinational biotechnology companies Monsanto and Bayer AG, as well as US government agencies USAID and the US Department of Agriculture — found that South Africa was the biggest biotechnology enthusiast on the continent, with 2.9 million planted hectares of genetically modified maize, soybeans and cotton, followed by Burkina Faso, Egypt and Sudan.

The ranking may worry some in Egypt, as controversy remains over the health and economic implications of genetically modified crops.

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