Soybean, also called soya bean, is the number one genetically modified crop in the world, representing half of all worldwide biotech crop acreage with an 82% adoption rate among soy farmers12. Due to its high oil and protein content, soy is cultivated for a variety of food purposes. Besides being the foundation of soy sauce and tofu, soy oil is a common vegetable oil, soybean meal is a regular part of animal feed, and soy protein is added to breads and packaged goods.
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Some genetically modified varieties of soy have been altered specifically for oil production and produce three times as much oleic acid as conventional varieties3.
- James, Clive. 2014. Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2014. ISAAA Brief No. 49. ISAAA: Ithaca, NY. 72. Print.
- “Biotech Crop Annual Update: Soybean.” (n.d.): n. pag. International Service for the Acquisition Of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). Web.
- “Soybean.” Soybean. International Service for the Acquisition Of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), 2006. Web.
- Acreage. Washington: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Statistical Reporting Service, Crop Reporting Board, 2015. 27. USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, June 2015. Web.
- Mchughen, Alan. “Where in the World Are GM Crops and Foods?” GM Crops & Food 4.3 (2013): 18. GMO Inquiry 2015. Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN), 30 Mar. 2015. Web.