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Biotech Corn Planting in Portugal May Jump 59%, Attache Says

October 12, 2011

Oct. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Farmers in Portugal may boost plantings of genetically engineered corn by 59 percent this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s attache in Madrid said, citing mandatory notifications submitted by growers.

The increase is due to an increase in overall corn plantings, a rebound after damage from corn borer and a temporary suspension of new applications for “agri- environmental payments” that discriminate against genetically engineered crops, the attache wrote in a report on the USDA website. Portugal is the second-largest grower of genetically engineered corn in the European Union after Spain, according to the report.

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