From an agricultural standpoint, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), are simply plants developed through a process in which a copy of a desired gene or section of genetic material from one plant or organism is placed into another plant to achieve...
Fact: The EU has not banned genetically modified crops, contrary to what many believe. Rather, they review traits on a gene-by-gene basis. The EU has an intense review process that some experts say is not always based on scientific research for...
As the world’s population continues to grow, possibly by two billion by 2050, and if agriculture’s land resources stay the same or shrink, GM seeds can play a vital role in feeding the world while improving environmental sustainability. GM seeds can...
Eight crops – corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya and squash – are available from GM seeds for commercial use in the U.S. These crops have been developed primarily for herbicide tolerance and insect and disease resistance;...
Farmers and ranchers need to keep improving how their inputs are released into the environment – but the trend seems to be improving water quality. Likewise, it’s important to continue improving other areas of indirect water pollution like oil,...
On average, each GM seed variety takes an average of $136 million and 13 years to bring to market because of the research, safety studies and regulatory approval process necessary. No other type of new seed that comes to market from other breeding...
Research is underway to determine the cause of super weeds. There are several hypotheses regarding the development of super weeds. Most recently, researchers looked at soil microbes as a cause for super weeds when it comes to resistance to...
According to the USDA 2007 Census of Agriculture data: There are about 2.2 million farms in America; the average size is 418 acres. An acre, by comparison, equates to a little less than a 100-yard long American football field. Small family farms,...
Cattle ranchers use hormones to improve how animals’ bodies turn food into lean muscle. This means meat is leaner and animals grow more quickly. This is one factor that helps meat prices for the consumers. Additionally, there’s less of an...
Not necessarily. Free range can have a lot of benefits such as insect control, adding organic matter back to the soil. But when it comes to healthier, Iowa State University researched the protein composition of free range and organic broilers...
Researchers and scientists are continually developing new GM varieties and/or hybrids for several specific reasons: Improve environmental stewardship while maintaining yields on less land with fewer inputs; in particular, drought tolerant corn is...
USFRA supports voluntary labeling, not vilification. Implying GMOs are bad with a label is wrong. Consumers deserve choices and they can choose to purchase foods without ingredients from GMOs by looking for the “USDA Organic label.” Some companies...
USFRA understands that some consumers may have important questions about food from GM seeds. Farmers and ranchers and their industry partners should strive to answer these questions. We encourage farmers and ranchers to share their personal opinions...
In 2005, the majority of U.S. soybeans (87 percent) and corn (52 percent) were grown from GM seed, and the majority of soybeans (72 percent) and corn (60 percent) are used for livestock feed. So, the farmers and ranchers that provide our meat, milk...
Yes. Biotechnology is used to develop traits that make crops more tolerable or resistant to plant diseases, pests, extreme environmental conditions such as drought, and specific plant herbicides. These traits not only help keep plants healthier but...