U.S. farmers “have nearly universally adopted genetically engineered seeds” despite their higher costs, the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said. The U.S. accounts for nearly 40% of bioengineered crops planted globally.
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Bioengineered seed accounted for 94% of U.S. soybean acreage, 93% of cotton acreage and 92% of corn acreage, the USDA said. . . . There are numerous other bioengineered crops planted in the U.S., including sugar beets (estimated at more than 95% of total acreage), canola, alfalfa, papaya, squash and potatoes, but the USDA reports annual acreage data only for corn, soybeans and cotton. There is no bioengineered wheat planted in the U.S. or globally.
Planting of the three major bioengineered crops in the U.S. has plateaued above 90% since 2013, according to USDA data going back to 2000.
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“Onerous regulation for transgenic biotech crops remains the principal constraint to adoption, which is particularly important for many developing countries,” the [International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications] said in its annual report.
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