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EU threatens action on modified crop bans

March 13, 2006
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The European Union threatened legal action recently against member states that create biotech-free growing zones in their countries, warning that doing so would violate EU trade rules, the Associated Press reports. A European Commission report said the EU head office would at this time not draft complex EU-wide safety guidelines on growing genetically modified crops, saying such a move was not needed as there remains only limited cultivation of such crops alongside conventional or organic crops in the 25-nation bloc. Only three countries, Spain, France and Germany, grow an approved genetically-modified form of maize. The EU report made clear, however, that a ban on such crops, being championed by several EU states, was not allowed as part of such national safeguards.

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