Why does the EU import GM crops?

Europe imports a substantial portion of its animal feed, and a large part of the world’s supply is GM.  

Around 30 million tons of grain are imported per year from third countries, including 13 million tons of soybeans, 22 million tons of soymeal, 2,5 million tons of maize, 2 million tons of oilseed rape and 0.1 million tons of cotton.

European animal farmers rely on soybeans imports for animal feed. Europe imports most of the soybeans it uses, and those imports are mostly GM from North and South America.

See our factsheet for more information on the global grain trade and GM crops' role.