GM giant Monsanto surrenders in Europe

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GM giant Monsanto is effectively pulling out of Europe after years of delays in trying to secure approval for ‘Frankenstein food’ crops. The US-based company is dropping all of its requests to launch insect and pesticide-resistant forms of corn, sugar beet and soya beans. Campaigners said Monsanto had simply realised that the vast majority of people in Europe would not eat the foods.

The decision will be a blow to Britain’s fledgling GM industry which has been championed by ministers in recent weeks. So far, biotech firms have been deterred from growing GM crops in Europe by the tightest controls in the world. But the Environment Secretary, Science Minister and chief scientist have all publicly given the crops their blessing.

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