Worldwide Commercial Growing

Worldwide Commercial Growing section

GM Crops were first grown on a large scale in 1996 when US farmers started to grow Monsanto's Roundup Ready soya.

The Italian Department of Environment and the Genetic Rights Foundation publish the Biosafety Scanner where you can find out which GM crops are authorised for cultivation or for use in food and feed in countries around the world.

In many countries, particularly in Europe, an authorisation does not necessarily mean that GM crops are actually being grown or used in food. To find out more visit the GM Crops and Foods in Britain and Europe section on this website.

Each year the ISAAA produces a briefing giving details of the commercial growing of GM crops globally - these figures are used extensively by media and industry.  A table produced from these figures can be found at the bottom of this page.  Criticisms have been made about these reports because;