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U.S. and Monsanto Dominate Global Market for GM Seeds

  • By Organic Consumers Association
    August 7, 2013

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One glance at the statistics and it’s clear: The U.S. and Monsanto dominate the global market for genetically engineered crops. Forty percent of the world’s genetically modified (GM) crops are grown in the U.S., where Monsanto controls 80 percent of the GM corn market, and 93 percent of the GM soy market.

Worldwide, 282 million acres are planted in Monsanto’s GM crops, up from only 3 million in 1996, according to Food and Water Watch.

Forty percent of U.S. cropland, or 151.4 million acres, are planted in Monsanto’s crops. Monsanto owns 1,676 seed, plant and other applicable patents.

Maybe it’s time we ask ourselves: How long will we tolerate the growing monopolization and genetic engineering of seeds by a monopolistic pesticide company that poses a deadly threat to our health, our environment and the future of our food?

Global GM Seed Market
40.8: Percent of world’s GM crops grown in the U.S.
Source: International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), 2012

76.3: Percent of world’s GM crops grown by the U.S., Brazil, and Argentina.
Source: International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), 2012

9: Number of countries responsible for 97% of the world’s GMO crops.
Source: International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), 2012

8: Number of GMO crops that have been approved for commercial production worldwide (soy, cotton, corn, canola, sugarbeet, papaya, squash/yellow zucchini, and alfalfa).
Source: International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), 2012

11: Number of countries that grow GM soybean (81% of global planting).
Source: International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), 2012

15. Number of countries that grow GM cotton (81% of global planting).
Source: International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), 2012

17: Number of countries that grow GM maize (35% of global planting).
Source: International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), 2012

4: Number of countries that grow GM canola (30% of global planting).
Source: International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), 2012

Monsanto Monopoly
80: Percent of U.S. corn grown from Monsanto patented GMO seeds.
Source: Food And Water Watch, 2013

93: Percent of U.S. soy grown from Monsanto patented GMO seeds.
Source: Food And Water Watch, 2013

27: Percent of Monsanto profits that came from the sale of Roundup herbicide.
Source: Food And Water Watch, 2013

1,676: Number of seed, plant, and other applicable patents owned by Monsanto.
Source: Food And Water Watch, 2013

282 million: Number of acres Monsanto products are grown worldwide (up from 3 million in 1996).
Source: Food And Water Watch, 2013

151.4 million: Number of acres Monsanto’s GE crop traits are grown in the U.S. (40% of total cropland).
Source: Food and Water Watch, 2013

95: Percent of the U.S. GE corn seed market containing Monsanto’s traits.
Source: Food And Water Watch, 2013

89: Percent of the U.S. GE cotton seed market containing Monsanto’s traits.
Source: Food And Water Watch, 2013

Compiled by Zack Kaldveer, assistant media director for the Organic Consumers Association

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