Spanish and Canadian Farmers Speak Out on Biotech Crops

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Growers realize crop management and environmental benefits.

Farmers grew biotech crops in 21 countries in 2005 – including Spain and Canada. In a new video webcast at biotech-gmo.com, Pedro Lerín and Lorne Hamblin each candidly discuss the impact that biotech crops have had on their operations during the last six to eight years.

“Biotechnology has allowed us to do things that we haven’t been able to before,” says Canadian farmer Hamblin. “It’s given us the opportunity to clean up fields, to grow different crops. And, biotech enhances yields and the bottom line.”

Expressing similar results from the heart of Europe, Spanish farmer Lerín comments, “By planting a transgenic corn, for example, we have a better yield, cleaner grain and a better quality. … Biotechnology helps the environment very much. It helps in avoiding to apply so much insecticide and fungicide treatments of all kinds. It creates better grain – much healthier, without diseases.

“To the people that don’t want to use biotechnology, I tell them not to be afraid, to open up, to listen, to see what happens with biotechnology – the progress that it means. And, not to let themselves be influenced by things that are not true,” Lerín continues.

These exclusive interviews with Pedro Lerín and Lorne Hamblin – as well as two of their fellow countrymen, Art Enns of Canada and Ismael Purroy of Spain – can be found at the Monsanto Company’s Conversations about Plant Biotechnology Web site: http://www.monsanto.com/biotech-gmo/new.htm

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Michael Doane

Monsanto Company

314-694-8351

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