Choosing Genetically Engineered Crops

Friday - 7/9/2010, 11:54am EDT

A new USDA report says American farmers continue to choose genetically engineered crops over their conventional counterparts.

A July USDA Economic Research Service report finds the rate of adoption of Genetically Engineered soybeans is up to 93 percent this year; the adoption of all Genetically Engineered cotton climbed to 93 percent; and the adoption of all biotech corn reached 86 percent in 2010.

An April report from the National Research Council notes, many U.S. farmers who grow genetically engineered crops are realizing substantial economic and environmental benefits - such as lower production costs, fewer pest problems, reduced use of pesticides, and better yields.

In 2009, 330 million acres of biotech crops were planted in 25 countries by 14 million farmers.