Colombian GM crop area slips
The genetically modified crop area in Colombia fell in 2009 from its 2008 peak, according to the Colombian biotechnology agency, the Agro-Bio. The area including that of field trials was down 17.1% to 35,671 ha. The peak of planting was a little over 43,000 ha. Maize is close to becoming the dominant GM crop, replacing cotton, which was by far the major crop in 2008 ( Agrow No 557, p 19). The planting of GM maize reached new heights, rising 12% to 16,793 ha, the agency notes. The GM cotton area fell to 18,874 ha from the 2008 peak of 28,000 ha. The country has approved seven GM crops for “semi-commercial” planting, the last in 2007 ( Agrow No 526, p 20). Commercial planting involves three GM lines of cotton, three of maize and one of carnations, the Agro-Bio says.