Genetically modified crops were first commercially grown on a wide scale in 1996. But, there has always been concern about their effects on both health and the environment. A specific concern has been that once released, it would not be possible to contain or control these organisms yet there is still no global monitoring system.
Because of this failure of national and international agencies, GeneWatch UK and Greenpeace International launched this joint initiative in 2005 to record all incidents of contamination arising from the intentional or accidental release of genetically modified (GM) organisms (which are also known as genetically engineered (GE) organisms).
Till date 98 cases of contamination by GM Maize have been recorded. This document contains 41 such major contamination cases from recorded in the contamination register that will highlight the gravity of financial, environmental and other losses involved with GM contamination.