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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Approve GM or our farming will be history, warns minister

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson says EU member states should approve a new strain of GM maize in a vote later this month

Genetically modified crops must be approved by the European Union if British agriculture is to avoid becoming “the museum of world farming” the Environment Secretary said on Tuesday.

Member states should approve a new strain of maize in a vote later this month, said Owen Paterson.

He argued that previous approval for GM crops had been blocked by the European Commission for political reasons.
“If approval is granted … then it will be the first GM food crop authorised for planting by the EU for 15 years,” Mr Paterson told the Oxford Farming Conference. 
“Europe risks becoming the museum of world farming as innovative companies make decisions to invest and develop new technologies in other markets.”
The proposal covers a strain of insect-resistant maize and would become the second GM crop to be grown in the European Union after approval for another variety, resistant to the corn borer, was granted in 1998.


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