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Legislative missteps frame current U.S. GMO policy

Legislative missteps frame current U.S. GMO policy

Why is the United States the number one producer of genetically engineered crops worldwide? How did the EU convince big food manufacturers and major food chains such as Burger King and McDonald’s to commit to removing all GE ingredients from their products? Our timeline of significant legislative events in the world of GMOs helps answer these and other important questions.

The U.S. plants more genetically engineered crops than any other country. Roughly 60 million hectares (150 million acres) were cultivated in 2010—that's double what Brazil, the second largest producer, grew in the same year. Meanwhile, GE crops are associated with a number of environmental issues, among them the creation of superweeds and cross-pollination with organic crops and wild plants. GE crops account for half of all land harvested in the United States, and GMOs are present in roughly 80 percent of processed foods. Compare that to Europe which is virtually GMO free.

What significant events led the United States to be the number one producer of genetically engineered crops worldwide? How did the EU convince big food manufacturers and major food chains such as Burger King and McDonald's to commit to removing all GE ingredients in their products?

Our timeline of significant legislative events in the world of GMOs helps answer these and other important questions.

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