Genetically modified crops, as we know today, are a relatively new idea. Below is the timeline of the developments of GM crops. 

GM Crops TIMELINE

1983

First transgenic plant, a tobacco, resistant to an antibiotics.

1985

Commercial and government-funded laboratories begin small-scale GM crop field trials in several countries across the world, including the UK.

1992

The phrase "Frankenfood" is coined by Paul Lewis, a US college professor. 

1992-1994

First commercially grown GM crop, a tomato called FlavrSavr, which was altered so that it took longer to decompose after being picked. This was grown in the US by the company Calgene. It was submitted to the FDA for testing in 1992 and released in the market in 1994.

1996

Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soya beans importation was approved by the EU in food for humans and animals. These beans were modified to withstand being sprayed with the Roundup herbicide that is applied to a field to kill weeds.
A variety of the 1993 GM tomato was used to make puree that was sold in Europe.

1998

Dr. Arpad Pusztai evoked worldwide Media Attention in August when he said on British TV that he wouldn’t eat genetically modified food. He published research suggesting GM potatoes modified with an insecticide gene taken from snowdrop were toxic to rats in feeding trials.
The European Union passed legislation in Sept. requiring the labeling of GE foods.

1999

Pollen from GM oilseed rape, grown at a trial site in Oxford used to study the effects of engineered crops might have on farmland was found at beehives 2.8 miles away from the site. The research was carried out by experts at the Britain’s National Pollen Research Unit in Sept.
A 4-year ban was pronounced on new genetically modified crops in Europe.

2000

In May, honey on sale in supermarkets was found to be contaminated with GM pollen from the British trial site in Oxford. Two out of every nine samples showed contamination.                                                                   Even though they were going through a food crises with 2.4 million people in need of food, Zambia rejected the food aid of GM corn becoause of the inconclusive infomation of the long-term heath effects of it.

2002

Opponents of GM placed a measure on the Oregon ballot that would have made that stat the first to require labeling for GM food.

2006

In the United States 89% of soybeans, 83% of cotton, and 61% of maize (corn) were genetically modified.
http://www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/main/page.php?202          http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/feb/16/gmcrops.food1     
 

 
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