Public catalogue of all growings of GMOs in a EU member state
The European Union supports transparency in the cultivation of GM crops. For this purpose, every country must install a public register listing all sites where GMOs are grown. Although this is an important tool for aspects of biosafety (concerning field trials) and for both co-existence and traceability (concerning commercial cultivations), many farmers fear that such a register will enable opponents of GM crops to find and destroy their fields. Access to precise data on site locations has been limited in some countries, therefore, to people with a reasonable interest – i.e. farmers and beekeepers in the neighbourhood of GM cultivations.