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TITLE:   GMO MAIZE DAMAGE MAY TOTAL BILLIONS, SAYS EXPERT

SOURCE:  Caboodle, Hungary

AUTHOR:  MTI, Hungary

URL:     http://www.caboodle.hu/nc/news/news_archive/single_page/?tx_ttnews[tt_news]=9227

DATE:    14.07.2011

SUMMARY: "The damage to Hungary?s agriculture caused through sowing genetically modified seeds and to the country?s GMO-free status will total billions of forints [...] Authorities have been checking for GMO crops since the beginning of this year as a new regulation came in force this March which stipulates GMO checks before seeds are introduced to the market. [...] Radio MR6 learnt that the two biggest international seed producing companies were affected in the matter."

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GMO MAIZE DAMAGE MAY TOTAL BILLIONS, SAYS EXPERT

The damage to Hungary?s agriculture caused through sowing genetically modified seeds and to the country?s GMO-free status will total billions of forints [millions of EUR], an expert told MTI on Wednesday.

Ecologist and forensic expert Imre Lanszki insisted that Hungary will not be in a position to reject GMO in the future, and Hungarian seeds will be at a disadvantage, which may compromise the productivity of national farming.

Lanszki said that the GMO maize ploughed under early this month would have affected animal farming when used as fodder; moreover, the maize could have been used for human purposes.

Some 400 hectares of maize were destroyed throughout Hungary after the crops had been found to have been grown with GMO maize.

Authorities have been checking for GMO crops since the beginning of this year as a new regulation came in force this March which stipulates GMO checks before seeds are introduced to the market. The checks will continue despite the fact that seed traders are obliged to make sure that their products are GMO free.

Farmers in Baranya County in south-western Hungary had to plough under around 160 hectares of maize after the crops were found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, regional radio MR6 reported on July 8.

Lajos Bognar, a senior official at the Rural Development Ministry confirmed the report, adding that the GMO seeds came from several foreign producers, and had been used elsewhere in Hungary as well.

Radio MR6 learnt that the two biggest international seed producing companies were affected in the matter.