Fluctuating EU fortunes for biotech crops

British environmental groups were celebrating on Wednesday after Bayer CropScience abandoned plans to introduce genetically modified (GM) maize variety Chardon LL. The company claimed that government conditions were too harsh (EED 09/03/04). No commercial growing is now expected in Britain until 2008. Meanwhile, the European Commission this week formally recommended commercial approval for a Monsanto GM maize, NK603, the second such dossier to be activated since the EU blocked all applications in 1999 (EED 18/02/04). Environment ministers are expected to consider the application in June. See Bayer CropScience and European Commission.

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