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EU seed group demands GMO thresholds

The European Seed Association (ESA) has called on the European Commission to "urgently" issue legislative proposals on setting thresholds for genetically modified material in conventional seed. The ESA expressed its "frustration" in March over the Commission's failure to act on the issue despite the ESA and others highlighting the need for thresholds for the last ten years. Recent figures on the increasing global GM crop area, including a 21% rise for the seven GM crop-growing countries in the EU ( Agrow No 562, p 12), show that "the presence of GMOs in seed or harvested crops cannot be excluded", the ESA says.

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