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Italy to resume GMO trials

Italy has approved the resumption of trials of genetically modified crops after ten years, the USDA reports. For a number of years public and private sectors bodies have been prohibited from carrying out such trials, the Department notes. The Ministry of Agriculture passed a decree in 2007 approving the resumption of trials. Environment Minister and Green MP Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio blocked the decree, but the new Minister, Stefania Prestigiacomo, has since endorsed it. The decree requires the consent of the present Agriculture Ministry. Nine protocols would be approved for trials. There would be one each for aubergines, citrus fruits, grapevines, kiwis, maize, strawberries, sweet cherries, olives and tomatoes. A minimum distance of 1,000 m between conventional and GM maize would be among the condition of the trials.

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