Strong anti-GM signals from Council of Europe

Pan-European forum the Council of Europe has recommended extreme caution in the use and development of GM crops, to avoid "irreversible manipulation of nature and creeping contamination with transgenes". It goes beyond EU legislation in several areas, notably in demanding compulsory labelling of meat, milk and eggs from GM-fed animals. It suggests 0.1% as the acceptable level for accidental GM contamination of conventional seeds; it backs creation of regional GMO-free zones. Meanwhile, Italy has adopted legislation on the coexistence of GM and non-GM crops, Reuters reported. See recommendation, and Reuters report.

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