More than half of soybeans grown in the US are now grown with chemical fertilizers and pesticides, according to new data.
The data also show that soy production is dropping, with the US growing only 0.3% in 2016.
It’s the latest in a string of troubling data about the industry, which is still struggling with a decades-long slump in soy consumption and is facing growing public pressure to adopt a healthier diet and reduce its dependence on chemicals.
Soybeans are now used in nearly a third of all US grain production.
They account for more than half the corn, wheat and soybeans that are grown, and more than a third the soybeans sold in the U.S. A decade ago, the United States had almost half of the world’s soybeans, according the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
“We’re still using about half of what we used to,” said Mark Osterman, president of the American Soybean Association.
He says that if the industry were to adopt new practices to limit exposure to pesticides, and if there were more transparency and data, farmers could reduce their use of chemical fertilisers.
Soy production in the United Kingdom rose by 1.5% in 2017, the first year of the U-turn on the market, according a report by the Food and Environment Reporting Network.
It was the biggest jump since 2014.
Some U.K. farmers are trying to diversify their farming, which relies on soybeans as an important feedstock.
But others are concerned about the impact of the market on farmers’ incomes and that the changes are creating problems.
“The industry is now going through a major change in the way they do business,” said Jim Stoddard, a spokesman for the British Soybean Council, an industry association.
“It’s going to be a lot harder for them to be able to make their margins.”
The U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization said in its latest assessment of soy production that a “global shift toward non-GM soybean is expected in the coming years.”
But it said that farmers will have to be better at monitoring crop yields and use of pesticides, while they will have fewer incentives to grow soy.
That’s because soybeans now require far fewer pesticides to be viable.
But the new data show that as much as 70% of the soybean supply is now genetically modified.
“A lot of people are still struggling to get through this,” said Ostermans brother, Andrew Ostermays soybean grower in Kentucky.
“This is not a sustainable industry, but this is the way we are going to continue to farm in the future.”
The decline in soy production comes as the United Sates soybean crop is set to decline 2.3 million hectares (4.6 million acres) this year.
Last year, the US planted 2.6 billion hectares (6.4 billion acres), according to the U,S.
Department of Agriculture.
A year ago, growers planted an additional 7.6 trillion hectares (16 trillion acres).
The new data, compiled by the US Department of Energy, shows that production is down in a number of ways.
For the first time, soybeans have not grown as fast in the past two years as they have in previous years.
In 2017, they were down by 2.9% in a year that saw record rainfall and temperatures, according as the USDA.
The decline is driven largely by a slowdown in yields.
Soybean yields declined by 2% in the first half of 2018.
That slowdown is expected to continue, according OsterMays, because of climate change, a change in demand and the fact that some varieties of soy are already in shorter supply.
The U-Turn On Soy The change is part of a shift away from genetically modified soy.
For years, farmers used to plant a variety of soy called soybean brinjal to make the product taste good.
It wasn’t until the 1970s that farmers were able to use corn brinje, which uses glyphosate, to make it taste like soy.
But that made the product less appealing to consumers.
In recent years, the U S. soybean industry has seen a wave of interest in non-GE soybeans.
They are a way to feed the growing world, and they have a much lower cost.
Some are genetically modified to resist the herbicide Roundup, which has become an increasingly popular crop for farmers.
Another trend is to use soybean varieties that have been modified to withstand glyphosate, or to produce a higher protein content.
In 2018, the USDA reported that non-corn brinjunas were more popular than corn branjals in the Midwest and that soybeans were the second most popular crop in the country.
Farmers in the southern United States have been growing soybeans since the 1960s.
A new crop of soy that is being planted in the South is genetically modified with a protein gene to make them more resilient to