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EU – Research Advises On Containing GM Crops

28 September 2010

EU – A report presented to the EU Agricultural Council has advised of the best ways to avoid cross-contamination of conventional and organic maize with genetically modified (GM) maize.

Health and consumer policy commissioner, John Dalli, explained the research, which concludes that specific storage measures and isolation distances are the most effective measures of avoiding co-mingling of crops.

Appropriate storage of seeds and spatial isolation were named as the best methods of separation, while it was noted that some countries with particular climatic conditions could space flowering times of GM and non-GM crops.

Mr Dalli said that the report offered best practice advice and the measures suggested were in accordance with the European Commission's approach to coexistence and cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMO).

He added: "This document details a set of non-binding practices, which aim to assist member states develop and refine their national or regional approaches to co-existence."

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