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.


GreenRanked first for statistic
RedRanked last for statistic
 Organic farming land use, %Transgenic farming land use, %Nitrogen balance per hectareAgricultural land useArable land usePesticide usage rates
United Kingdom2.79banned86.0071.324.73.17
United States0.5746.1330.5344.417.22.34


Organic farming land use: Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL

Organic area share of total farmland (%). 2021.

Transgenic farming land use:

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.

Nitrogen balance per hectare: OECD, Nutrient balance

Kg/ha. 2017 except for Canada, France, Sweden (2018), Norway (2016) and Denmark (est. 2015).

Agricultural land use: World Bank
Arable land use: World Bank

As a percent of land use, 2020.

Pesticide usage rates: Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN

Kg/ha. 2018 except for United States (2010).

Agricultural subsidies score

In European countries, the removal of agricultural subsidies in recent years has contributed to a decline in nitrogen pollution from use of fertilizers.


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