Cotton

Cotton is the primary crop for producing textiles around the world. As such, it was targeted early on by biotech companies and there are now 56 events (types) of genetically modified cotton, the second most behind corn (maize)1. Though cotton fiber is not common in consumer packaged goods, cottonseed oil is becoming more so as prices drop.

Herbicide Tolerant Insect resistant Disease resistant
 

 
 

Cultivation

United States (94% of cotton acreage in 2014)2
Brazil
Argentina
India
China
Paraguay
South Africa
Pakistan
Australia
Burkina Faso
Myanmar
Mexico
Columbia
Sudan

  1. “GM Approval Database: Cotton.” GM Approval Database. International Service for the Acquisition Of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), n.d. Web.
  2. Acreage. Washington: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Statistical Reporting Service, Crop Reporting Board, 2015. 26. USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, June 2015. Web