The Washington D.C.-based Center for Science in the Public Interest reached the conclusion after analyzing publicly available data provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. A CSPI spokesman said the data shows the industry "is stagnating, not thriving."
Figures from a nonprofit supporter of biotechnology -- the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications -- would seem to counter the CSPI claims. Those numbers show eight million farmers in 17 countries grew engineered crops on 200 million acres of land last year. That's a 20 percent increase in acreage from 2003.