Supplementary Memorandum by the Food and
Global area of transgenic crops (ex China) in
1998 28 of which 20 M in USA (rest comprise
|Crop||M Hectares||Per cent transgenic|
(not of crop)
||(20,000 hectares, Bt,|
||Yvirus, Pot leaf role)|
20,000 hectares of Bt maize have been grown in Spain
2,000 hectares of Bt maize have been grown in France
15,900 tonnes of maize were imported into Spain from the
1997 US harvest
Bt corn. Cotton
Canada: Main crop is Canola
It has been estimated that the financial benefit to US farming
is $465 million. Market value of transgenic crops in 1998: $1.2
|Mexico||Total 117 field trials
The Largest number of tests were carried out by Monsanto
To date worldwide:
1.4 million hectares, Argentina
3.6 million hectares, USA
10 million+ hectares (30 per cent) in USA
4 million hectares (12 per cent USA)
Transgenic Tobacco first planted in 1992, still shows good
viral resistance in the field after 6-7 generations.
1995 30,000 hectares plants
30,000 hectares microorganisms (N2 fixation)
Recent data on size of planting difficultno central
office for collecting data.
1997 was first year when applications had to be made for
prior approval for commercialisation/large-scale release.
Approval for commercialisation
Bt toxin (Chinese)
86 applications for release were submitted in 1998, 70 approved
for field release/commercialisation.
|Sweet Pepper||Agastache rugosa
FDF's foodfuture programme, launched in 1995, aims
to improve public understanding of modern food biotechnology.
Foodfuture has initiated wider discussion of the technologythe
perceived benefits and the concerns. Foodfuture provides
information and develops dialogue with key opinion forming groups.
Foodfuture involves a range of activities:
A series of booklets and fact sheets explain, objectively,
the technology and its applications. The foodfuture interactive
disk has been received by all secondary schools.
The foodfuture website has received almost a million
visits since its launch in 1997.
Foodfuture adopts a proactive approach to media relations,
targeting all sectors of the UK media aiming to promote media
debate and ensure that issues are handled objectively.
Foodfuture advertorials are published in national
and community based publications to raise awareness of the issues.
Examples include Daily Mail and BBC Good Food Magazine.
The Science Museum Future Foods? Exhibition is supported
by FDF, MAFF and BBSRC. Launched by the Ministers for Public Health
and Food Safety, it is currently on tour around the UK visiting
large visitor centres.
In addition, foodfuture messages and materials are
distributed direct to the public via a national roadshow visiting
23 major retail centres this year.
Foodfuture is conducting a series of regional discussion
forums, following the Question Time format. The general public
are invited to quiz a panel of experts representing all sides
of the biotechnology debate. These events have been endorsed by
both Jeff Rooker MP, Minister for Food Safety and by John Battle
MP, Minister of State DTI.
Sixty-six per cent of those responding to the audience evaluation
questionnaire felt the event was useful to extremely useful
in helping them find out more about GM and 75 per cent reported
they would recommend similar events to their friends/family.