Biotech Updates

EU Prepares Draft of New GM Maize Cultivation Approval

November 6, 2013

The European Union is on its way to approve cultivation of a new type of genetically modified maize for the first time in more than a decade, according to a draft proposal from the bloc's executive. The proposal was drawn up after Europe's second highest court last month blamed the European Commission for lengthy delays in the approval process for the insect-resistant maize, developed jointly by DuPont and Dow Chemical.

The Commission is expected to send the proposal to EU ministers next week for approval. Even if some governments fail to decide, as is expected, the Commission will have the power to grant approval by the end of the year.

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