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EU Member States Deadlock on GM Corn Cultivation

8:02 AM MST | February 26, 2009 | Kara Sissell

The European Union (EU) member states failed to reach an agreement on the applications by chemical firms seeking authorization for cultivation in Europe of two kinds of genetically modified (GM) corn. The applications for approval will now go to EU ministers for a vote. If the ministers also fail to agree, the petitions will to the European Commission, which could then give a default approval under EU law. The crops in question are Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) corn, Bt-11, made by Syngenta, and “1507 corn,” jointly developed by DuPont and Dow...

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