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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