Danish GM compensation scheme approved

Commission gives green light to tax on growers of GM crops to pay for losses by other farmers

The European Commission has authorised Denmark to run a scheme under which growers of genetically modified (GM) crops will compensate conventional and organic farmers whose crops are found to contain more than 0.9% genetically modified (GM) material. Above this level, EU rules require that products would have to carry a "contains GM" label. Denmark is the first country to win such authorisation under EU state aid rules. Under its five-year scheme, GM crop growers will pay a tax of €13.40 per hectare. See press release.

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