The Number of GMOs Worldwide Just Dropped For the First Time in Two DecadesRia Misra4/19/16 6:40pmFiled to: food sciencegmgmogmosbiotechbiotechnologygenetic modificationgenetically modified cropsfarmsagriculturefarm scienceagricultural sciencesciencefoodcrops406EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkFarms seen via satellite / NASA Earth ObservatoryFor the past two decades, the number of genetically-modified crops has been steadily skyrocketing around the globe. Until 2015, when the number saw its first recorded drop. What’s going on?AdvertisementThe numbers come from a report by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications looking at the span of data for worldwide biotech crops since 1996, when they first began keeping records.From 1996 onwards, the growth is huge and steady, climbing from 1.7 million hectares in 1996 to just over 180 million hectares in 2014. But in 2015, something odd happened. Not only did the huge jumps in growth suddenly stop, the rate actually also dipped slightly by 1 percent.AdvertisementThe report pins most of the responsibility for that on a similar dip in global crop prices that year, which did happen. But there’s also another reason at play. Check out this chart of the world’s top GMO planters—and look closely at just what they’re growing:Setting aside the question of what is and isn’t a GMO, you can still clearly see that there are three crops that dominate the chart, particularly among the heaviest growers: corn, soybeans, and cotton.