French farmers destroy 18,000 hectares of rapeseed, double previous estimates, after discovering illegal GMO crops

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Rapeseed fields in Germany. Image: Daniel Schwen/Wikimedia

French farmers destroyed a total of 18,000 hectares of rapeseed, more than double the area initially expected, following the discovery of a non-authorized genetically modified organism (GMO) in seeds, German group Bayer said on [April 5].

Bayer had announced in February that farmers in France and Germany were turning over thousands of hectares of rapeseed crops after traces of a GMO variety grown in Canada were detected in batches of seed sold in Europe.

GMO crops are widely grown across the world, but remain controversial in Europe, where very few varieties are authorized for growing and countries like France have completely outlawed their cultivation….

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The destruction was carried out before the flowering of crops, which could have led to the spreading of the non-authorized GMO variety.

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