The likelihood of crop shipments being rejected at the EU's frontier due to the presence of unapproved GMOs is set to rise.
Growing number of GM crops worldwide could disrupt trade
The number of commercialised genetically modified (GM) crops in the world is foreseen to multiply by four from about 30 today to over 120 in 2015. This is the forecast presented in the report "The global pipeline of new GM crops: implications of asynchronous approval for international trade", recently published by the JRC. It features a list of new GM crops expected to be commercialised ('in the pipeline') in various parts of the world and analyses their possible impact on international trade. The report notes that their increasing number may cause trade disruptions due to asynchronous approval.
The report presents the results of an international workshop organised by the JRC's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) and summarises the different views expressed by national regulators, industry representatives, research institutes and participants from the agri-food supply chain who attended the conference.
- Institute for Prospective Technological Studies
- Press release: Growing number of genetically modified crops worldwide could disrupt international trade
- IPTS Report: The global pipeline of new GM crops: implications of asynchronous approval for international trade
- The global pipeline of new GM crops project on Agrilife website