In 2015, global biotech acreage decreased for the first time in two decades. The latest report from the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications shows the global number of biotech acres came in at 444 million in 2015, dropping more than 1% from 448.5 million the year before. In the U.S., use of some biotech crops dropped, too—biotech corn acres by 1%, cotton acres by 2% and soybeans held their position.
Currently 10 biotech crops are approved for commercial planting in the U.S. You might recognize corn, soybeans, cotton and alfalfa, but additionally many fruit and vegetable farmers take advantage of biotechnology. As the debate over GMO safety and GMO labeling rages, it’s critical to understand how biotechnology impacts agriculture beyond just a row crop perspective. Take a look at each of the crops below to learn more about the influence of biotechnology in the U.S.