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Spanish war of words on GMOs

Spanish agricultural groups are in conflict over use of genetically modified maize in the country. The Spanish biotechnology association, the Fundación Antama, says that some 99% of GM maize farmers in 2010 considered they had got value for money from use of the technology. Some 93% of Spain’s GM maize farmers said they would plant the maize again, and another 6% would consider it ( Agrow No 608, p 10). The association was responding to national farmer association COAG claims that GMOs are not economically viable. “Almost all such farmers are claiming the opposite,” it says. The COAG and environmentalist groups have called for the Andalusia region to be declared a GMO-free zone. “Such declarations have no legal basis,” Fundación Antama notes. The COAG says that GMOs do not resolve farmers’ economic problems.

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