The report 'Who Benefits from GM Crops?' reveals that in Europe, production of Monsanto's GM maize, the only GM crop permitted in Europe, dropped in Portugal, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Over 90% of the European Union's GM crop production is based in just one country, Spain. Globally GM crops are grown predominantly in USA, Brazil, Argentina and India.
Mute Schimpf, food campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe said: "There is public resistance to GM crops on every continent, with increasing social and environmental impacts wherever they have been planted. In Europe it is clear that the public don't want them, shops refuse to sell them and an increasing number of countries have banned them."
"Food and farming should not be in the hands of companies who profit from GM seeds and the chemicals needed to grow them. We need a food system that promotes greener farms, safer food and vibrant rural communities."
Countries such as the USA and Canada are faced with escalating problems associated with GM crop production. In the USA, 49% of farmers report problems with herbicide resistant weeds; in Canada around 10% of farmers report about the same problems, resulting in increasingly toxic weed-killers being sprayed.
In Africa GM crops are grown only in three countries, South Africa, Burkina Faso and Sudan. However, extreme pressure from biotech companies threatens to open up the continent to GM crops. A recent Kenyan decision to ban GM crops came under fire from lobbyists intent on profiting from the sale of seeds and pesticides.
She told VoR: "In 2013, we had really interesting develpment - for the first time since GM crops started to be introduced around 15 years ago - the nyumber of countries that cultivated GM crops declined. For example, in Europe, Poland banned the cultivation of all GM crops and also in Afrida, Egypt decided, afetr the bad performance of GM maize, to abandon the production of GM maize. So it means we had real decline and we also saw a strong resistance to GM crops all over the continent."