EU urged to exercise caution on GM crops

Commission criticised by majority of member states for summer decision to approve GM maize cultivation

Fifteen of the 25 EU member states have criticised the European Commission's decision this summer to add 17 types of GM maize to the EU common catalogue of agricultural plant varieties, clearing the way for planting anywhere in the bloc (EED 08/09/04).

The EU executive should not have decided for commercialisation before issuing a report on national implementation of 2003 guidelines on managing coexistence between GM and other crops, ministers said during an EU agriculture council meeting in Brussels. The report is not expected before next year at the earliest.

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