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EU PONDERS BAN ON GENETICALLY MODIFIED CORN

SUCH A DECISION WOULD INTENSIFY THE CONTINUING BATTLE OVER GENETICALLY MODIFIED CORN

gen corn.jpgEuropean Union environmental officials have determined that two kinds of genetically modified corn could harm butterflies, affect food chains and disturb life in rivers and streams, and they have proposed a ban on the sale of the seeds, which are made by DuPont Pioneer, Dow Agrosciences and Syngenta.

The preliminary decisions are circulating within the European Commission, which has the final say. Some officials there are skeptical of a ban that would upset the powerful biotechnology industry and could exacerbate tensions with important trading partners like the United States. The seeds are not available on the European market for cultivation.

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Source: NYT

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