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Spanish Ag Minister defends GM maize

Spain has not suffered any problems from its planting of genetically modified maize, Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Elena Espinosa has told the European Parliament. “There is not a single documented case of any problems with GM maize planting in Spanish fields,” she insisted, while denying press reports to the contrary. Ms Espinosa addressed the Parliament in May, Spanish newswire Agencia EFE reports. She nevertheless called for EU regulations on co-existence between GM and either conventional or organic crops. That would avoid any “unfairness” among member states, the Minister said. The European Commission rejected the need for such EU-wide rules on co-existence last year ( Agrow No 565, p 14). Spain is the largest adopter of GM maize in the EU ( Agrow No 554, p 11).

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