Since 1998, thanks to Bt maize cultivation, maize imports into Spain have been reduced by more than 853,000 tonnes
Published 28 November 2013
On the ocassion of the 15th anniversary of cultivation of genetically modified (GM) maize in the European Union, the Antama Foundation is publishing the report '15 years of Bt maize cultivation in Spain : Economic, social and environmental benefits' by Dr. Laura Riesgo, Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oviedo and Professor of Applied Economics at the University Pablo de Olavide. The report,a unique analysis of the benefits obtained in Spain from the adoption of Bt maize, is a comprehensive study that assesses and quantifies the positive impact of agricultural biotechnology at economic, social and environmental levels.
The report concludes that the adoption of Bt maize has allowed Spain to reduce its maize imports by over 853,000 tonnes between 1998 and 2013, with a consequent saving of 156 million euros. This is a significant contribution to the Spanish foreign trade figures, which show a trade deficit in this crop.
Media coverage (In Spanish)
Cultivo de maíz Bt ha permitido la reducción de las importaciones de maíz en España en más de 853 mil toneladas desde 1998 - Since 1998, thanks to Bt maize cultivation, maize imports into Spain have been reduced by more than 853,000 tonnes - Seed Quest