In terms of square miles, the United States clearly has an advantage over the other countries studied. Comparing land use for transgenic farming with organic farming, however, demonstrates that the United States is sacrificing responsible stewarding of the land for production.
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|Organic farming land use, %||Transgenic farming land use, %||Nitrogen balance per hectare||Agricultural land use||Arable land use||Pesticide usage rates|
Organic area share of total farmland (%). 2021.
Countries with bans on GMO crop cultivation noted as such. 2015. Open field trials for GMOs are allowed in Sweden with restrictions in over 40 GMO free zones.
Kg/ha. 2017 except for Canada, France, Sweden (2018), Norway (2016) and Denmark (est. 2015).
As a percent of land use, 2020.
Kg/ha. 2018 except for United States (2010).
In European countries, the removal of agricultural subsidies in recent years has contributed to a decline in nitrogen pollution from use of fertilizers.
July 25, 2018.
The European Court of Justice ruled that a new generation of GMOs (GMO 2.0) must undergo the same preexisting safety checks as other GMOs, a decision that the biotech industry has shown opposition.
December 28, 2016.
Research shows that there has been conflicts of interest within the National Academies of Sciences, which performs research on GMOs. There is previous evidence of the biotech industry’s influence on NAS’s work on GMOs, including financial leverage.