Odds are your corn, cotton or soybeans are genetically engineered

I was in the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 Statistical Abstract of the United States recently for a client project and came across some interesting data about genetically engineered crops. I knew that such crops were big business, but I had no idea just how pervasive they’ve become.

The chart below will show you what I learned. Of all the corn planted in the U.S. as of 2010, 86 percent is genetically engineered. For cotton, the figure is 93 percent, and for soybeans, it’s also 93 percent. The engineering typically makes the plants resistant to insect pests, or it toughens the plants against herbicides that can then be sprayed on a crop to kill weeds while the crop itself lives.

I’ll leave it to you to decide for yourself how you feel about this. Today I’m just presenting the facts. Let me know whether you support or oppose the idea of genetically engineered crops.

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2 Responses to Odds are your corn, cotton or soybeans are genetically engineered

  1. Senator Paul Muegge says:

    Yes, I have grave concerns that the genetically modified (GM) cropping systems have overrun the farming business. We are applying more chemicals on our the land and at extremely high cost of inputs.

    I was in public office during the 1990s when Monsanto and others were pushing public officials to approve their products. Some of us advanced questions and were immediately labeled as trouble. Our Land Grant Institutions never questioned the science, and the funding started to flow from the life science companies.

    The cost of equipment to chemically farm is out of site for farming operations with smaller acreages. The NO-TILL practice was sold as a conservation effort, and we would be able to farm more efficiently. This has not proven to be factual.

    The first sign that reared its head was the labeling issue. The corporate interests were not just opposed to labeling, they went after those who promoted the labeling of GM food products. I do not want to be forced to buy seed only from the business that wants to dominate our global food systems. They also require the signing of a contract to purchase their seed products. This places the farmer in a position of working for the seed company.

    This is an injustice and will take competition out of the marketplace. Senator Paul Muegge, retired

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