30 November 1999
US farmers predict flight from GM
By Isabel Davies
AMERICAN farmers groups are predicting a mass exodus of farmers producers planting genetically modified crops next year, in response to consumer pressure.
More than 30 farm groups in the USA have told their members that they risk their livelihoods by planting GM crops, according to reports on BBC Online.
The organisations have issued a joint declaration saying farmers cultivating GMs are under threat because GM food is so unpopular that prices could fall.
They believe that plantings could be down by as much as 25% next year, but the Biotechnology Industry Organisation denied the market for GM crops is in danger.