- Two types of GM crop are currently authorised for cultivation in the EU: an insect-resistant maize and a potato with modified starch content for industrial use.
- Neither of these is relevant or suitable for production in the UK.
- In 2011, the maize was grown on 114,490 hectares in 6 EU countries and the potato was grown on 17 hectares in 2 countries.
- Worldwide, in 2011 GM crops were grown by around 16.7 million farmers in 29 countries.
- The area grown has increased steadily year-on-year, reaching about 160 million hectares in 2011.
- This represents an 8% increase in the number of farmers and the area grown since 2010.
Visit the Defra website for more information on GM Crops.