Biotech Rules In U.S.

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.

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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.