EU execs back OK for GMO maize

2013-11-07 10:56
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Brussels - The European Union's executive commission is backing plans to cultivate a genetically modified maize despite the objections of environmental groups which considers it dangerous.

Wednesday's approval now sends the plans to approve Maize 1507 to the EU's 28 member nations for consideration and could lead to a decision on the issue as soon as next month. EU member states have sharply diverging views on the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms - commonly known as GMOs.

The EU has strict guidelines on authorising and informing consumers about foods containing GMOs - a policy that has caused problems for producers of genetically modified seeds such as US-based Monsanto, which are used to laxer rules around the world.

The US company Pioneer applied to cultivate Maize 1507 in 2001.

Read more on:    eu  |  monsanto  |  environment  |  genetics
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