Spain approves nine new varieties of GM maize

The Spanish government on Monday underlined its support for genetically modified (GM) crops by adding nine new varieties of Bt maize to a list of six already approved for commercial planting. Spain, uniquely among EU states, has allowed commercial GM cultivation since 1998. Opponents claim that GM cultivation in Spain contravenes the EU's "deliberate release" directive in that Spanish legislation does not provide sufficient precautions to prevent cross-contamination (EED 08/04/03). See Spanish agriculture ministry and joint press release by NGOs.

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