EU advisory body urges tough GM seed purity law

The European economic and social committee (EESC) has weighed into the GM debate by recommending 0.1% as the acceptable level for accidental contamination of conventional crops by biotech seeds. A report from the advisory body gives a further indication that political opinion is turning against higher contamination levels mooted by the outgoing European Commission (EED 08/09/04). New environment commissioner Stavros Dimas has expressed support for a 0.1% threshold (EED 29/09/04), as have MEPs (EED 19/12/03). The EESC also calls for greater harmonisation of national approaches to coexistence of GM and non-GM cultivation. See report and NGO press release.

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