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Farmers Praise GM Crops in EU Study
The Independent, 30 June 2008

The article claims that, 'European farmers who grow genetically modified crops enjoy higher yields and  revenues than conventional growers, according to a new study'. But reading further down the article it becomes clear that the study only looked at one GM crop - a GM maize grown in Spain - and although the article repeats the claim that farmers 'found they produced higher yields and earned up to 122 euros more per hectare (GBP50 per acre) than conventional maize farmers', the study, in fact, failed to find that most farmers did increase yields - nearly 90% didn't!

Moreover, the gross margin increase being as high as 122 euros per hectare was found in just one region of Spain - Zaragoza in Aragon. (The full paper is available - to subscribers - at http://www.nature.com/nbt/journal/v26/n4/full/nbt0408-384.html )

The Independent also failed to report news of a study by a researcher at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, who analysed the situation in Catalonia and Aragon as regards coexistence with GM maize. His results published in the Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics (April 2008) makes it clear that the cultivation of GM maize has caused a drastic reduction in organic maize cultivation, making their coexistence practically impossible. (An Impossible Coexistence: Transgenic and Organic Agriculture, Innovations Report, 3O June 2008) http://www.innovations-report.de/html/berichte/studien/bericht-113314.html

The following day The Independent reported that a study had shown that Monsanto's GM hormone for cows (rBGH) helped reduce greenhouse gases.