What is the future for GM crops?
The public reaction in the UK, coupled with the results from the farm scale crop trials, means it is unlikely that GM crops will be grown in the UK in the next few years. Elsewhere, it is a different story.
Crops are grown in the United States of America, Argentina, Canada, China, Brazil, Australia, Bulgaria, Colombia, Honduras, India, Mexico, Romania, South Africa, Spain and Uruguay. The biggest producer is the USA. The four main crops grown are soya beans, maize, cotton and oilseed rape.
Farmers planted 81 million hectares (or 200 million acres) of GM crops worldwide in 2004, up from 67·7 million hectares (or 167 million acres) in 2003.