MEDICAL CORNER …. How Pervasive are GMOs in Animal Feed?


By  • July 16, 2013


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Despite wide-ranging concerns relating to genetically modified foods and crops, the use of GMOs in farming has increased annually since the technology’s commercial introduction in 1996. According to the ISAAA, an international organization that supports crop biotechnology, biotech crops have increased 100-fold, from 1.7 million hectares (4.2 Million Acres) in 1996, to 170 million hectares (420 Million Acres) in 2012. These 170 million hectares mean that GMO crops now occupy over 10% of the world’s arable land. 1

While these statistics show how widespread GMO crop usage has become and how lucrative GMO seeds have been for the biotech industry over these last 17 years, it is important to note that with the growth of GMO use there still has not been a clear reflection of improvements for crop yields or for benefits for the welfare of the actual farmers growing GMOs.


In 2012 17.3 million farmers grew GMO crops 1 , and 9 countries grow 97% of world’s GM crops. Together, the U.S., Brazil, Argentina grow 76.3% of the world’s GM crops. 2 A graphic from Mother Jones shows these ISAA statistics:


Worldwide, 8 GMO crops have been approved for commercial production; soy, cotton, corn, canola, sugarbeet, papaya, squash/yellow zucchini, and alfalfa, and the biotech industry is in the process of pushing forward additionally modified foods such as rice, apples, and salmon. The four major crops that account for virtually all of the biotech output are soy, cotton, corn, and canola. The remaining GMO crops are exclusively grown in the United States with the exception being papaya which is grown in China in addition to U.S. cultivation.


There is pervasiveness of GMOs in global crops, but in the United States, where every possible approved commercial GM crop is grown, the numbers are even more striking. Recent statistics from show that GM varieties account for approximately:

  • 94% of U.S. soy crops (which by volume accounts for just under half of all the GM crops grown worldwide)
  • 90% of U.S. cotton plantings
  • 88% of the U.S. corn crop
  • 90% of the U.S. canola crop
  • 95% of U.S. sugar beet plantings
  • Alfalfa (first planted in 2011)
  • Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
  • Zucchini/Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)

****If GMOs are feed to the animals that are consumed by humans, that altered genetic material is “absorbed” into the DNA material of those consuming it. There is no way to assess the long term effects of this “union” of the genetic materials. Laboratory testing has shown time and time again adverse effects and they are being ignored!!


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