UK parliamentarians call for new GM trials

A UK parliamentary environmental audit committee advised on Friday against cultivation of genetically modified (GM) maize until comparative trials against a non-GM equivalent "grown without the use of atrazine" are carried out. Government-sponsored GM field trials had concluded that biotech maize was more favourable to biodiversity than conventional maize growing (EED 16/10/03). The committee said the scope of these trials was "very narrow" and their results inadequate for allowing commercialisation. The UK government is expected next week to give the go-ahead to GM maize cultivation. See press release.

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