With the help of an outside agency, a new study found that the percentage of food processors in the United States who use genetically modified (GM) ingredients in their products has doubled in the past decade.
The study, published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NAS) in March, used data from the U,S.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Agricultural Research Service (NARS) to examine how GM food has been used in the U:The report found that, between 2003 and 2014, the number of U.s. food processing plants that used GM food rose by an average of about 30%.
The NAS report noted that this is an increase of more than 3 million per year, which is a considerable increase, but not enough to completely change the way food is processed in the US.
Rather, the NAS report notes that GM crops have been found to be safe for human consumption, and the NAS notes that it is unlikely that the amount of GM food produced in the world will be altered in the near future.
In a statement to CNBC, the FDA said it would review the NAS study and its findings, and noted that the agency “will continue to support the adoption of biotechnology in the food supply.”
In an earlier statement to Business Insider, the USDA said the NAS’s findings were “not surprising,” but said that “there are other reasons to expect this change to be more gradual than the NAS suggests.”
For now, though, the increase in use of GM foods appears to be accelerating, as food companies have begun to adopt the technology, as well.
The USDA also noted that many of these plants are using the technology for food safety, with some states requiring GMO labeling.