Use of GM-maize shows positive results
The British agricultaral advisory bureau PG Economics investigated the impact of GM
maize in seven EU member states. They concluded that using GM maize improves the
yield and also increases profit for farmers. Also animal health is better because
GM maize contains lower levels of mycotoxins.
data on the impacts linked to the use of genetically modified (Bt) maize
resistant to two important insect pests – the European corn borer
and the Mediterranean stem borer (MSB) in the European Union (EU)
since this crop was first approved for planting in 1998. Maize
The researchers found that in 2006, approximately 65,000 ha
of Bt maize were planted in seven EU member states. In maize growing regions
affected by ECB and MSB, the primary impact of the adoption of Bt maize has been
higher yields compared to conventional non-genetically modified (GM) maize.
Average yield benefits have often been +10% and sometimes higher. Other findings
included that in 2006, users of Bt maize have, on average, earned additional
income levels of between €65 and €141/ha. This is equal to an improvement in
profitability of +12 to +21%. In certain regions, Bt maize has delivered
important improvements in grain quality through significant reductions in the
levels of mycotoxins found in the grain.Click here to receive the latest animal feed
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