Biotech Updates

GM Maize Area in Spain Increases by 20%

August 22, 2013

Spain's Ministry of Agriculture reports that 138,543.05 hectares were planted to biotech maize, particularly Monsanto's Mon 810 registering almost 20 percent increase from 2012. The area planted to the pest-resistant variety accounts for nearly one-third of Spain's total maize crop acreage.

Although Spain is experiencing an increase in biotech crop planting, Monsanto said it will not seek approval for the cultivation of new GM crops because of the European Union's (EU) negative stance towards biotechnology. In a company statement, Monsanto stated that "As the EU today is effectively a conventional seed market, we have been progressively de-emphasizing cultivation of biotech crops in Europe."

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