Dutch GM crop coexistence guidelines out

Holland has become the third EU state after Denmark and Germany to agree guidelines for managing cultivation of GM, conventional and organic crops. A voluntary agreement - endorsed this week by the Dutch farm ministry - sets out principles for buffer zones between GM and non-GM crops, and makes biotech farmers liable for cross-contamination if shown to have been negligent. EU organic farmers group Ifoam condemned the decision to make all farmers pay into an insurance fund for accidental cross-contamination, saying this would "increase the costs of normal foods". See guidelines, and Ifoam reaction.

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