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Europe delays decision on GM crop approvals


The European Commission's regulatory committee for genetically modified (GM) crops has failed to agree on whether to approve two maize (corn) crops for cultivation — 1507, jointly developed by Pioneer Hi-Bred International and Dow AgroSciences, and Syngenta's Bt-11.

The committee, which met on 25 February and might have ended Europe's decade-long hiatus on approvals, now passes the responsibility for making a decision to Europe's environment ministers, who must make a decision within 90 days of the committee meeting (see _Nature_ 457, 946–947; 2009). Currently, MON801 maize is the only GM crop approved for cultivation at the European level, although it is banned in France, Greece, Austria and Hungary. On 2 March, European Union environment ministers voted against the commission's request to overturn the bans in Austria and Hungary.

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Europe delays decision on GM crop approvals. Nature 458, 20 (2009).

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