Biotech Rules In U.S.

American growers have adopted genetically engineered (GE) crops widely since their introduction in 1996, especially corn hybrids and soybean and cotton varieties, according to a new USDA report.

USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) report, “Adoption of Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S.,” was released July 2. Key findings include:

  • Adoption of GE soybeans with herbicide-tolerant traits reached 92 percent in 2008.
  • Adoption of all biotech corn was 80 percent in 2008.
  • Adoption of all GE cotton, taking into account the acreage with either or both herbicide- and insect-resistant (Bacillus thuringiensis or Bt) traits reached 86 percent in 2008.

    A copy of the USDA ERS report, “Adoption of Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S.” (July 2, 2008), including data tables, is posted at www.ers.usda.gov/Data/BiotechCrops/#2008-7-2.

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