EU to tackle gene-crop "coexistence"

EU agriculture commissioner Franz Fischler will present first proposals for a strategy on managing the coexistence of conventional and genetically modified crops on 5 March, he told the council of farming ministers yesterday. Several EU states, led by Italy, had raised concerns over the issue, after a report from the joint research council last year (EED 17/05/02). Mr Fischler said the study had been extended to cover crops "in the pipeline" for future approvals when and if an informal moratorium is lifted. A stakeholder roundtable will take place in April. See EU farm council minutes.

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