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.  

United States (94% of soy acreage in 2014)4
Canada (62% of soy acreage in 2014)5
South Africa
Costa Rica

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  3. “Soybean.” Soybean. International Service for the Acquisition Of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), 2006. Web. 
  4. Acreage. Washington: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Statistical Reporting Service, Crop Reporting Board, 2015. 27. USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, June 2015. Web.
  5. 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.