Spanish GM maize area dips
Spanish farmers have cut back slightly their planting of genetically modified maize this year. The area is down by 4.1% at 76,057 ha, according to the Ministry of the Environment and Agriculture. It is the first fall in four years, but is still Spain’s second-largest area for Monsanto’s GM MON810 line. The total maize area is also down, and as biotechnology association the Embrapa underlines, GM lines account for a slightly larger share of the total maize area at 21.8% than last year’s 21.6%. However, the proportion of GM crops seems to be flattening out at 21-22%. It is the third year in a row that GM lines have made up such a share. The share rose from 12.8% in 2005 to 15.2% in 2006, before rising to 21.2% the following year.