Nearly a fifth of farmers in New Zealand say they are planning to adopt genetic engineering technology within the next decade, according to new research published by the country’s Lincoln University.

At the same time, the number of farmers producing crops and food using organic cultivation methods is also expected to soar. At the moment 10% of farmers use organic farming methods, but the survey showed this increasing to 37%.

The research sees the number of farmers working with farming technology conventional today falling from 73% to 46%.