News last update:6 Aug 2012

Four GM corn types allowed in Germany

Germany's Ministry for Consumer Protection said that Monsanto is allowed to plant the four types of corn in fields up to 5,000 square meters in pre-approved locations in the states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania, Saxony Anhalt, Saxony, Hesse and Bavaria.

The crops have been altered to be resistant to certain worms. The ministry ordered a 200-meter border of fallow land surrounding each field, in an effort to prevent cross-pollination with other, nearby crops. Tests had shown the crops pose no danger to humans or livestock, according to the German government.

Sensitive issue
The issue of genetically modified foods is a sensitive one on both sides of the Atlantic. European governments such as Germany and France, as well as a number of environmental groups, contend that many such crops are unsafe for humans and the environment.

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