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Commission to Allow Commercial GM Seed Sales

Although environmental groups have come out strongly against it, the EU is ready to permit commercial use of genetically modified seeds as well as introduce a labeling system that informs consumers.

Despite strong consumer skepticism, the European Commission is likely to authorize the introduction of the first genetically modified seeds for commercial use across the EU on Wednesday. The commission is also expected to introduce a new labeling system to inform consumers of GM content. According to the new proposal, maize and rapeseed would be allowed to contain up to 0.3 percent of genetically modified organisms without being labeled. The environmental network, Friends of the Earth believes allowing the widespread growing of GM crops, before countries have had the chance to put measures in place to protect consumers and the environment, is a reckless move. (EUobserver.com)

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