Britain’s farm minister called on the European Union to approve a strain of genetically modified maize in a vote later this month, saying such a move was supported by scientific evidence.
“If approval is granted … then it will be the first GM food crop authorised for planting by the EU for 15 years,” Owen Paterson told the Oxford Farming Conference on Tuesday. “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 an insect-resistant maize developed jointly by DuPont and Dow Chemical. If approved, it would be the second GM crop that will be grown in the European Union after Monsanto won approval for another insect-resistant corn variety in 1998. By comparison, GM crops are grown widely in the Americas and parts of Asia.
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