On August 17, 2021, the European Commission (EC) approved seven genetically engineered (GE) crops (3 corn, 2 soybean, 1 rapeseed, and 1 cotton) and renewed the authorizations for two corn and one rapeseed crop used for food and animal feed.
Total EU oilseeds area in MY 2021/22 is forecast to marginally increase by almost one percent. This increase in planted area is expected to take place in all three major oilseeds: soybean, rapeseed, and sunflower.
MY2021/22 is characterized by a further reduction in rapeseed production. Total United Kingdom (UK) rapeseed area in MY2021/22 is forecast to decline by 17 percent, primarily due to uncertainty over crop performance.