EU states pass the buck on GM moratorium

European farm ministers failed to decide for or against ending the EU's moratorium on approving genetically modified (GM) products on Monday. The development thrusts the European Commission into the political spotlight. It has legal powers to approve the disputed application to market a GM maize called Bt11 but would certainly face a political backlash if it used them. Following the vote, Europe's biotechnology industry urged the EU executive to approve the application. Green groups made desparate calls for rejection, citing "unanswered safety questions" over the maize. See EU council of ministers.

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