European scientists back cultivation of GM crop

The EU's food safety authority Efsa has supported a proposal to authorise cultivation of genetically modified (GM) maize variety Bt11 in Europe. Bt11 is already approved for import as a processed food and animal feed. Efsa concluded "No data have emerged to indicate that Bt11 maize is less safe than its conventional counterpart". Meanwhile, member state experts failed to agree either for or against allowing imports of two other GM maize types: 1507 and MON863. Both applications now go to ministers. See press releases from Efsa and Greenpeace.

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