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No negative environmental impact of GM maize in Spain


Spanish scientists have confirmed in a study that genetically modified Bt maize has no negative impact on numerous small creatures living in maize fields. They analysed 13 field trials which took place in Spain.


Bt maize in Spain

A large number of scientific studies have already shown that GM plants are just as safe as conventional plants.

Spain is the only European country in which genetically modified Bt maize is cultivated to any great extent. In 2013, Bt maize was grown on 137,000 hectares – accounting for around 30 per cent of Spanish maize production.

In Spain as in many other European countries, numerous scientific field studies have examined the impact of Bt maize on the maize ecosystem. Many different insects and other small creatures live in maize fields and perform important functions within the ecosystem.

The Spanish scientists evaluated the results of 13 field trials in a meta-study published in the journal Transgenic Research. The trials were all performed between May and October in the Lleida region, where up to 70 per cent of Bt maize is cultivated.
In their meta-study the Spanish scientists come to the conclusion that Bt maize has no impact on the diversity of the examined organisms in a maize field.
 

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An EU Research Project

What are the risks of growing GM crops?

What are the benefits?

Numerous studies have addressed the potential impacts of genetically modified (GM) plants. Yet the existing evidence on the effects of GM plants is often contradictory and the quality of scientific research varies widely.

Therefore, the GRACE project will establish new tools for assessing the quality of existing studies and will conduct comprehensive reviews to identify health, environmental and socio-economic impacts of GM plants.

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GMO Soybeans & Sustainability

Less soil erosion and fuel consumption: herbicide tolerant soybeans are promoting sustainable cultivation methods.

 

Glyphosate in European agriculture

Interview with a farmer



Glyphosate containing herbicides are not only used in fields with GM crops. They also allow conventional farmers to sow directly into stubble fields without ploughing. Glyphosate has replaced mechanical weed control in many crops and has had an important impact on agricultural practices and crop yields in Europe over the past few decades.

Source:
European Glyphosate Task Force

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 Biosafety research:

Impact of Bt maize on
insect communities


Impact of Bt maize on
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