Soy

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.

Herbicide Tolerant Insect resistant Disease resistant
 

 

 

Some genetically modified varieties of soy have been altered specifically for oil production and produce three times as much oleic acid as conventional varieties3.  

Cultivation
United States (94% of soy acreage in 2018)4
Canada (83% of soy acreage in 2018)5
Brazil
Argentina
Paraguay
South Africa
Uruguay
Bolivia
Mexico
Chile
Costa Rica

  1. James, Clive. 2014. Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2014. ISAAA Brief  No. 49. ISAAA: Ithaca, NY. 72. Print.
  2. “Biotech Crop Annual Update: Soybean.” (n.d.): n. pag. International Service for the Acquisition Of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). Web.
  3. “Soybean.” Soybean. International Service for the Acquisition Of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), 2006. Web. 
  4. Bradford, Harvey. “Canada Oilseeds and Products Annual 2019 Gain Report.” United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service, 2019. Web.
  5. Bradford, Harvey. “Canada Oilseeds and Products Annual 2019 Gain Report.” United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service, 2019. Web. .