USDA Shows Farmer Adoption of GE Crops

Source: BIO news releaseĀ 

American farmers have adopted genetically engineered (GE) crops widely since their introduction in 1996, especially corn, cotton and soybean 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 1. Key findings include:

Adoption of GE soybeans is 91 percent in 2009.

Adoption of all GE cotton reached 88 percent in 2009.

Adoption of all biotech corn climbed to 85 percent in 2009. A portion of the statement issued by Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, executive vice-president, Food and Agriculture for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), issued following the report's findings is included here.

"Because of the compelling benefits that biotech crops provide, herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant varieties of corn, cotton and soybeans continue to be the choice of American farmers. Since 1996, these crops have proved to yield more per acre and reduce farmers' production costs with more environmentally friendly farming practices.

"The move to biotechnology and modern farming practices is reflected in the choices of farmers around the world. In 2008, 309 million acres of biotech crops were planted in 25 countries by 13.3 million farmers. At a time when the United States and the world are looking for sustainable, science-based solutions to rising food and fuel demands, this trend is likely to continue."

The report summarizes the extent of adoption of herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant crops since their introduction in 1996. Three tables within the report devoted to corn, cotton, and soybeans cover the 2000-09 period by U.S. state.

A copy of the USDA ERS report, "Adoption of Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S." (July 1, 2009) including data tables is posted on the USDA site.