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EU Divided on GM Corn

11:15 AM MST | March 2, 2009

The European Union (EU) member states failed to reach an agreement on the application by three chemical companies 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 go to the European Commission, which could then give a default approval under EU law. The traits in question are Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) corn, Bt-11, made by Syngenta, and “1507 corn,” jointly developed by DuPont and...

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