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Swiss MPs back-track over planned GM ban

Switzerland's lower parliamentary house yesterday voted against a five-year moratorium on the use of genetically modified crops, reversing on earlier position taken barely a month ago during a debate on the revision of agricultural laws (EED 09/05/03). The move follows a vote by the upper house last week against the moratorium, amidst fears a ban would hit Swiss research and jobs. The issue looks now likely to be settled by national referendum. More than 115,000 people have signed the required petition -100,000 signatures are needed to force a referendum. See Swiss parliament.

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