What is the number one grown GMO crop in the U.S.? Corn. Around 88% of the corn grown in the U.S. is in some way genetically modified. Corn has been modified to make it better for agriculture traits. It also helps resist herbicides and pest. Monsanto was the first company to introduce herbicides resistance corn in 1996 and this is known as Roundup Ready Corn. Another trait that Monsanto introduced was in 2013 and it was drought tolerant trait in a select line of corn. This type of corn was approved by the FDA in 2011.
What is the second most grown GMO crop in the U.S.? Soy. About 93% of soy grown in the U.S. is genetically modified. Soy makes many types of foods including proteins, a vitamin E supplement, and many more items. In 1994 Monsanto first introduced GMO soybeans. Over the years soy has been improved greatly to help improve its products that it makes. Which helps include increasing the amount of many acids which helps make it produce many more products.
What is the third most grown GMO crop in the U.S.? Cottonseed. The USDA says that 94% of cotton grown is genetically modified. Cotton seeds come from the cotton plant. The seeds are used for many types of products including, shortening products, oils, and frying foods. Other uses for cotton seed for the farming industry would include two main types cottonseed meal and cottonseed hulls. Cottonseed meal is made by crushing the oil out of the cotton seed and that parts of the seed that won't fall through the screen are used and mixed into a meal type product. The second kind cottonseed hulls come form the outer covering of the cotton seed. This process takes place before removing the oils.
In my opinion I’m not really surprised to see corn and soybeans at the top of the list. The reason for this is because they both can be used for many different types of products. Not only that but also because that is all I really see being grown around my area, and where there is that much they need to be able to be resistance to many types of things. Including in our expanding world they need to be able to produce more crop so the farmer makes a bigger profit and can feed more people in this expanding world. Considering I wasn’t surprised about the top two it’s the last one, cottonseed. Around here there really isn’t any grown that I know of. I’ve seen cottonseed grown at dairies but other than that I really didn’t know cotton was that big of a product in today's world.