Politics / Law
Cultivation of GM crops in Europe dropped in 2009
Darmstadt/Berlin – Cultivation of GM maize in the EU fell sharply in 2009, according to figures from transgen.de. The most active country is still Spain, which makes up more than 80% of all GM cultivation. In 2009, European farmers planted about 20 percent less than the previous year of Monsanto’s MON 810, the only approved GM maize within the bloc. While the cultivated area in 2008 amounted to 108,000 hectares (see more…), it peaked at 86,000 ha of MON 810, just 0.1% of the worldwide GM crop acreage. In Germany, the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, and Spain, cultivation declined by a total of 19,000 hectares. However, the picture on the world markets appears to be different to the situation in Europe. After China gave the go-ahead to large-scale cultivation of insect-resistant GM rice in December (see more…), experts now expect the GM crop area to expand by more than 30 million hectares in the near term. According to figures from the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), which is to release precise global production figures in February 2010, GM crops were grown on 125 million hectares in 2008.