Belgian "no" halts progress for GM oilseed rape

The Belgian government rejected on Monday an EU-wide application by biotech firm Bayer Crop-Science to grow a genetically modified (GM) variety of oilseed rape. The decision follows an expert opinion warning of possible cross-contamination of conventional crops and damage to the environment (EED 29/01/04). The government said the crop could, however, be imported and processed in Europe, and forwarded this part of Bayer's application to other EU countries. Belgium's rejection of the main application was welcomed by environmental groups. See press releases by Greenpeace and FoE.

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