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Kurier - Austria | 11/02/2014

GM maize will boost anti-EU sentiment

A genetically modified type of maize produced by the US hybrid seed producer DuPont Pioneer is on the verge of being authorised in the EU. Despite hefty criticism at a ministerial meeting on Tuesday in Brussels, there were not enough votes to reject the authorisation. The daily Kurier fears a new wave of anti-EU sentiment: "Three months before the elections to the European Parliament, the Commission wants to force through the authorisation of a highly controversial type of genetically engineered corn, despite the resistance of 19 (!) states. Such a move flies in the face of the desires and concerns recently expressed by people across Europe. After the ban on light bulbs and the attempt to prohibit the cultivation of old varieties of fruit and vegetables, this is the next anti-consumer action to come from Brussels. And apart from that, the genetically modified corn is more grist to the mill of all radical critics of the EU. Their warnings against hormones in meat, chlorine-rinsed chickens and genetically modified food from the US in the context of the free trade agreement could intensify people's frustration with Europe."

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