One was from Agrifood Awareness Australia, the lobby group that promotes the uptake of GM technology, which said the global use of GM crops had continued to increase in 2009. The other was from Gene Ethics, the Australian anti-GM group, which stated the report showed seven of the 25 GM countries grew less genetically manipulated crops in 2009.
No more countries adopted GM and just 2.7 percent of agricultural land globally was used for GM soy, corn, canola or cotton, it said.
Gene Ethics director Bob Phelps said that most GM product goes into animal feed, biofuels and cotton products, as shoppers avoid eating GM foods, even though they are unlabelled.
"GM is not a global industry. Just six countries dominate GM cropping, with the US, Brazil, Argentina, India, Canada and China growing 95pc of all GM crops; and although 20 other countries, including Australia, grow some GM, they are just dabbling with the ISAAA report, ignoring the policies of the 170 countries and 60 territories that remain GM-free," Mr Phelps said.
In brief, the report stated that in 2009:
134 million hectares of GM crops were planted around the world, representing an 80-fold increase since 1996 when GM crops were first commercialised ? a 7pc annual growth to 2009.
The number of farmers growing GM crops increased to 14 million, with 13 million of them in developing countries.
There were 25 countries growing GM crops in 2009 - the same as in 2008 - with Costa Rica listed for the first time and Germany dropping off after discontinuing growing GM corn at the end of 2008.
As well as 12 other countries, Burkina Faso, Spain, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Honduras, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Romania, Poland, Costa Rica, Egypt, and Slovakia also grew GM crops in 2009.
Fifty-seven countries have granted regulatory approvals for GM crops for import for food and feed use and release into the environment since 1996.
In terms of commodities, the ISAAA reported:
77pc of the 90 million hectares of soybean grown globally was GM.
49pc of the cotton grown around the world was GM.
26pc of the 158 million hectares of corn grown globally was GM varieties.
21pc of the 31 million hectares of canola was GM.
In relation to GM crop characteristics:
Her bicide tolerance continued to be the dominant trait with GM herbicide-tolerant soybean accounting for 52pc of the total 134 GM hectares, while herbicide-tolerant corn represented 41.7 million hectares, herbicide-tolerant cotton occupied 16.1 million hectares, and herbicide-tolerant canola occupied 6.4 million hectares;
Stacked trait crops - crops with a combination of more than one GM characteristic (for example, herbicide tolerance and insect resistance) - were planted in 11 countries, eight of which were developing countries.
Of particular note, in Australia, GM canola uptake in NSW increased four-fold between 2008 and 2009, with 40,000 hectares successfully grown and handled through the supply chain in 2009.
The GM canola area will continue to increase, as this year, Western Australian growers will plant GM canola commercially for the first time.