Joint Research Centre - European Commission

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JRC produces the first large-scale study on the agronomic and economic performance of a genetically modified crop cultivated in the EU

The Joint Research Centre's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies has today, 24 June, 2008 released the results of a face-to-face survey with 402 maize farmers in Spain - the largest EU producer (75,148 hectares) followed by France (21,174), the Czech Republic (5,000), Portugal (4,199), Germany (2,685), Slovakia (900) and Romania (350). The aim of the study is to obtain, for the first time, data on the agronomic and economic performance of Bt corn during three growing seasons (2002 – 2004), while also looking at the socioeconomic profile of farmers who adopted Bt maize versus those who did not.