The area of land growing genetically modified maize in Spain has increased by almost 20% to record levels. Spanish ministry of agriculture figures show 138,543.05ha of Monsanto’s MON810 variety were drilled this year, up 19% on 2012. It now accounts for nearly one-third of Spain’s 424,491ha maize crop.
The boom in GM plantings in Spain is in stark contrast to the rest of Europe, where Monsanto has said it will no longer seek approval for the cultivation of new GM crops because of the EU’s negative stance towards biotechnology.
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