The new legislation sets high hurdles to growing GM crops: between GM and non-GM cultivations, an isolation distance of 400 metres will be required. In addition, all landowners and landusers within this zone must give their written consent to the GM cultivation.
Farmers generally favour the law, but point out that it may discriminate against individual farmers, since owners and farmers of large fields will be able to cultivate GM crops more easily than is possible for cultivators on small fields. Supporters, however, point out that the large success of Hungarian agriculture is due largely to the fact that all products may be sold as "GM free“ and that this is especially important for the production of seeds. Hungary is the second-largest exporter of maize seeds.