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Spanish biotech group defends co-existence "reality"

A recent Spanish study denying the co-existence of genetically modified and organic maize was “unscientific” and “unrepresentative of reality”, the Spanish biotechnology association, the Antama, says. The co-existence of such crops was refuted in recent research from the autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain – Agrow No 547, p 12). The Antama says the study used “no scientific data”, surveyed an inadequate number of farmers and an unfair representation of farmers for each type of crop. It notes that the study consulted eight GM maize growers, nine conventional maize growers and eight organic maize growers, despite some 70,000 ha of GM being grown to about 110 ha of organic maize in the surveyed regions. The Antama adds that a series of reports from prestigious institutions and scientists have backed the reality of co-existence in Spain.

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