Agricultural biotechnology allows selected individual, naturally occurring genes to be transferred from one organism to another.
Today 94 percent of U.S. soybeans come from biotech seeds. The genes introduced to these plants help in a variety of ways, including:
Better protection from insects, weeds and diseases, which in turn reduces the use of pesticides and herbicides;
Ability for the plants to thrive in adverse conditions, such as drought, which could enable farmers in arid, developing countries to grow more food to feed their hungry populations;
Holding nutrients beneficial to the people and animals that eat them; and
Increasing crop yields so farmers in the U.S. and around the world can produce more with less – fewer acres, fewer crop protection chemicals less impact on natural resources, such as water and soil.
Biotechnology has brought significant positive advancements to the production of soybeans and other crops while lessening impacts on the environment. And it will continue to play a key role in meeting our future food, fuel, feed and fiber needs.
To learn more, visit the USDA’s website.