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Modified Crops Shrink in Industrialized Nations for First Time

Genetically modified crop plantings fell in industrialized nations for the first time since the technology was commercialized in 1996, an industry report said.

Plantings in those countries fell about 2 percent to 81 million hectares (200 million acres) last year as Canada sowed less modified canola and Australia cut back on cotton, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications said in a report today.