To date, genetic engineering has been used to increase crop yields. Most biotech crops are used to feed livestock. Genetic engineering has not been widely used to nutritionally enhance human foods."Some 10.3 million farmers in 22 countries grew engineered crops on 252 million acres last year, a 13 percent increase over 2005. About 9.3 million of those people were considered subsistence farmers." "In the United States, 80 percent of soy and a similar percentage of cotton are genetically engineered. Some 80.5 million acres of biotech corn are planted. 80.5 million acres represents about 40 percent of the country's crop." "In all, about 136.5 million acres of the nation's 445 million acres of farmland was under biotech cultivation last year, an increase of 10 percent over 2005 plantings."
Creator: Gerald D. Thurman
Created: 20 January 2007