A group of U.S. farmers who grow corn, soybeans and sugar beets for livestock are taking a big risk by using genetically modified soybeans.
In the latest example of GM crops getting a taste of the spotlight, the farmers have planted a GM soybean variety in their fields, hoping that the genetically modified crop will help them boost yield by up to 80 percent.
They’ve received some help from farmers in the U.K. and Canada, but none of them are using GM crops on their farms.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said that, with GM crops, the number of farmers using GM plants has jumped from about 70,000 in 2011 to about 400,000 today.GM seeds have been shown to increase yields of some crops, but not others.
The number of GM soy varieties in the United States is lower than some European countries.
Some farmers in France and Spain, for instance, have used GM soy for years, but recently, they started growing it more widely.