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TOP GMO CROPS, TOP GMO COMPANIES AND TOP GMO COUNTRIES

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As the proponents of genetically modified organisms (GMO) such as Monsanto, Bayer CropScience and CropLife continue to push the spread of GM seeds, plants, animals and other products like cotton, more individuals, consumers, farmers, and organizations are expressing their concerns about GMO safety, and GMO’s impact on agriculture, food and health.

A few of the ways used to grow the prevalence of GMO are as follows:

  • All countries that allow or are open to GMO do not monitor where GMO crops are grown.
  • Most countries do not have mandatory labelling that informs consumers of which products have GMO ingredients.
  • The proponents of GMO such as Monsanto, have many lawyers and money ready to initiate lawsuits to advance their cause.
  • The GMO movement is backed by large and very profitable companies such as Monsanto - 2014 Net Sales US$15.855 billion, and Bayer Group - 2014 Sales €42.239 billion. As such, they are able to hire lobbyists like CropLife, pay for campaigns, and so on.

In the book – Why Organic Farming Is Great For Canada by Leroy A. Brown, it has listed the following countries and counties as having mandatory requirements for GMOs or opposing GMO entirely, they are: in the US – Mendocino, Trinity and Marin Counties in California, South Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Ireland, and Switzerland.

Examples of some companies that support GMOs, the non-labelling of products, and/or other interests whether directly or through organizations such as CropLife and the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) are: 

Monsanto

Bayer CropScience

PepsiCo

Coca Cola

General Mills

Pillsbury

Kraft

Heinz

McDonalds

Pfizer

 

According to the report Where in the World are GM Crops and Foods? The reality of GM crops in the ground and on our plates by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (cban), the top GMO crops are:

corn

soy

cotton

canola

alfalfa

sugar beet

papaya

squash

eggplants

GM corn, GM soy, GM cotton and GM canola are the main GM crops globally, accounting for ninety nine percent (99%) of global GM acres. Other GM crops are GM alfalfa, GM sugar beet, GM papaya, GM squash, and GM eggplants. The total GM crops grown are less than 3.7% of the world’s total agricultural land.

The top ten (10) GMO countries and the percentage of GM crops that they account for globally are:

The United States of America (USA) – 40.3%

Brazil – 23.3%

Argentina – 13.4%

India – 6%

Canada – 6%

China – 2%

Paraguay – 2%

South Africa – 2%

Pakistan – 2%

Uruguay – 2%. 

The top ten (10) GMO countries account for 98% of all GM crops grown. Other countries known to have GMO crops are Bolivia, Philippines, Australia, Burkina Faso, Myanmar, Mexico, Spain, Columbia, Sudan, Honduras, Chile, Portugal, Cuba, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Costa Rica, and Bangladesh.

The report defines genetic modification as the introduction of new traits to an organism by making changes directly to genetic makeup, eg. DNA, through intervention at the molecular level. It’s also called genetic engineering or GE. With genetic engineering scientists can change the traits of plants and animals by inserting DNA pieces, whole genes, or long stretches of DNA segments from many different organisms. These sequence can also be taken from the same species or be newly made up. Scientists can also delete or swap DNA sequences in organisms or introduce genetic material to silence genes.

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