Findings from a set of surveys carried out across Europe show that the number of European Union (EU) farmers wanting the choice to cultivate biotech crops is on the increase, reports EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries.

"Agbiotech cultivation in the EU has increased year upon year in those countries where farmers can choose. The national surveys show that even in countries where no agbiotech cultivation is possible because of unscientific bans, an 11 year moratorium on new cultivation approvals or vandalism, farmers want the choice to have access to the technology," says Nathalie Moll of EuropaBio.

In the coming weeks, European ministers will have the opportunity to vote and end the 11 year moratorium on new biotech cultivation approvals and to lift unscientific bans in a number of EU member states, EuropaBio states.