Danish farmers trained to grow GM crops
Denmark’s Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries reports that 250 farmers in the country have been trained to grow genetically modified crops. It says that no Danish farmers have cultivated GM crops so far, but with the impending approval of new maize and potato varieties “well suited to the Danish climate”, a number of farmers are likely to start. The training is aimed at making farmers aware of the precautions to take to avoid spreading pollen and seeds from GM plants to their neighbours’ fields. Legislation for the cultivation of GMOs has been in place in the country since 2004 when Denmark was the first EU member state to legislate on the cultivation of GM crops ( Agrow No 450, p 10). “We must take advantage of the genetically modified plants’ benefits, such as a better economy and a cleaner environment,” says Denmark’s Agriculture Minister, Eva Kjer Hansen.