GMO Crop Breakdown


The latest report from the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications shows the number of biotech hectares globally increased from 1.7 million in 1996 to 179.7 million in 2015. This 100-fold increase makes biotechnology the fastest adopted crop technology in recent times, and the United States leads the way. Currently, there are nine crops approved for commercial planting in the United States. These include apple, alfalfa, canola, corn, cotton, papaya, soybean, sugar beet and squash, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


apple-gmo-150Crop: Apple

USDA deregulated: Feb. 18, 2015

Developer: Okanagan

Purpose: Non-browning

Commercial Name: Arctic

Commercially available: 2015


alfalfa-gm-150Crop: Alfalfa

USDA deregulated: June 14, 2005 (fully deregulated)

Developer: Monsanto & Forage Genetics International

Purpose: Tolerant to glyphosate

Commercial Name: Roundup Ready

Commercial Availability: 2005-2007, 2011

Lawsuit filed


Crop: Canola

USDA deregulated: July 18, 2013

Developer: Pioneer

Purpose: glyphosate tolerant

Commercial Name: Optimum Gly


corn-gm2-150Crop: Corn

USDA deregulated: May 17, 1995

Developer: Ciba Seeds

Purpose: Resistant to Lepidopteran

cotton-gm-150Crop: Cotton

USDA deregulated: Feb. 15, 1994

Developer: Calgene

Purpose: Tolerant to Bromoxynil


Crop: Papaya

USDA deregulated: Sept. 5, 1996

Developer: Cornell U

Purpose: Resistant to Papaya

Ringspot Virus


soybean-gm-150Crop: Soybean

USDA deregulated: May 18, 1994

Developer: Monsanto

Purpose: Tolerant to glyphosate


sugar-beet-gm-150Crop: Sugar Beet

USDA deregulated: March 4, 2005

Developer: Monsanto and KWS SAAT AG

Purpose: Tolerant to glyphosate

Commercial Name: Genuity Roundup Ready

Commercially Available: 2008

Lawsuit filed


Crop: Squash

USDA deregulated: Dec. 7, 1994

Developer: Upjohn

Purpose: To make it resistant to Watermelon Mosaic Virus and Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus.

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