#AceWorldNews says a new report published by the United States Department of Agriculture demonstrates that the vast majority of corn and soy-bean crops grown in America are genetically-engineered variants made to withstand certain conditions and chemicals.
But while GMO seeds have been sowed on US soil for 15 years now, the latest USDA report reveals that Americans still have concerns about consuming custom-made, laboratory-created products, albeit nowhere near as much as in Europe.
The report was released by the USDA’s Economic Research Service and published on their website Feb. 20.
And though the paper takes into consideration the trends that have shaped how scientists and agriculturists have approached genetically-modified organisms since they were first introduced in the US a decade-and-a-half ago, the consensus seems to be that no one is certain just yet about what toll the surge in GMOs will truly have.
Between 1984 and 2002, the study’s authors wrote, the number of GMO varieties approved by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, or APHIS, grew exponentially.
Today GMO crops are found in most of America’s biggest farms, they continued, and scientists have in the last several years discovered ground-breaking new ways to make situation-specific seeds that have traits more desirable than traditional crops.