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Spanish study denies GM and organic coexistence

Co-existence between genetically modified maize and organic farming is practically impossible, according to a study by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Autonmous University of Barcelona (Spain). It surveyed Spain’s major GM crop regions, Aragon and Catalonia. The research found that plantings of organic maize fell by 75% in Aragon from 2004 to 2007 and by 5% in Catalonia from 2002 to 2005. The figures are in contrast to the expansion in the production of other organic crops in Spain. The maize production process is integrated in cereal cooperatives and involves infrastructures that make it difficult and expensive to segregate GM from other crops, the report says. There are “no separate silos” for just organic maize and “few restrictions” on the use of GMOs. The study has been published in the Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics.

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