Biotech firms hail GM crop success in Spain

Study shows decreased pesticide use, increased income from first commercial use of Bt maize

Europe's first experience with commercial planting of genetically modified crops has reduced pesticide consumption, increased farm income and yielded other benefits to farmers, according to a new study for biotechnology trade body Europabio. The association says the findings make the EU's de facto moratorium on new GM crop approvals, in place since 1998, increasingly untenable.

"Many policy makers say we haven't got evidence of the potential benefits in Europe, only those abroad. Now we have," Europabio's plant biotechnology director Simon Barber said today at a meeting to launch the study.

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