France mulls tighter GM crop test controls

Opponents' crop destruction campaign forces promise from Jospin of policy review

French prime minister Lionel Jospin promised yesterday to consider further biosecurity requirements for field test sites of genetically modified (GM) crops as national debate over the issue reached a new peak.

A new wave of French public concern over the safety of GM crops has emerged in recent months, one driver being a national food security agency report showing low-level genetic contamination of 41% of conventional maize crops. The national peasant confederation, led by anti-globalisation activist José Bové, has fanned the flames by launching a GM test crop destruction campaign.

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