Greens urge rejection of GM maize and rice
Green MEPs are urging agriculture ministers to refuse EU-wide authorisation for a Syngenta GM maize variety when they meet in council on 26 April, arguing that new reports question the safety of the crop (EED 28/01/04). Meanwhile, Friends of the Earth asked member states to block an application from German firm Bayer to market a modified rice variety. Following a positive risk assessment from the UK, the European Commission can approve the application unilaterally unless at least one member state objects by 28 March. See Greens' letter and FoE press release.