New Technologies

USDA supports the safe and appropriate use of science and technology, including biotechnology, to help meet agricultural challenges and consumer needs of the 21st century. USDA plays a key role in assuring that products produced using biotechnology are safe to be grown and used in the United States. Once these products enter commerce, USDA supports bringing these and other products to the worldwide marketplace.

Data & Analysis

Genetic engineering (GE) product development remains at confined field trials (CFTs) in Kenya for cotton, corn, cassava, sorghum and sweet potato.
Egypt was the first North African country to approve genetically engineered (GE) corn.
The production area of Genetically Engineered (GE) crops in South Africa was unchanged in 2013, at 2.9 million hectares, making South Africa the eighth largest producer of GE crops in the world.
Canadian planting of biotech crops is estimated at about 10.2 million hectares for 2014. The main biotech crops remain canola, corn and soybeans, with small amounts of sugar beets added recently.