Genetically Engineered Soybeans

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Genetically Engineered Soybeans (GE Soybeans) are soybeans that have had their DNA modified via genetic engineering. Varieties of GE soybeans that contain more than one trait are referred to as "stacked." Most GE soybeans are herbicide tolerant soybeans. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2010, 93 percent of all soybeans planted in the U.S. were herbicide tolerant.[1] Other varieties of GE soybeans include:

Adoption Rates in the U.S.

Following the 1996 introduction of genetically engineered soybeans, its adoption by U.S. farmers grew. The USDA offers data on the percent of soybeans in the U.S. that is genetically engineered between 2000 and 2012:[2]

  • 2000: 54%
  • 2001: 68%
  • 2002: 75%
  • 2003: 81%
  • 2004: 85%
  • 2005: 87%
  • 2006: 89%
  • 2007: 91%
  • 2008: 92%
  • 2009: 91%
  • 2010: 93%
  • 2011: 94%
  • 2012: 93%

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