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EU allows cultivation of new GMO corn from US

BRUSSELS--EU ministers allowed the controversial cultivation of a new genetically modified crop, U.S. firm Pioneer's TC1507 corn, after opponents failed Tuesday to muster enough support against the move.

A meeting of European Affairs ministers could not establish a majority either way, Greek chairman Evangelos Venizelos said.

Accordingly, TC1507 was allowed through, after Venizelos asked for legal advice.

The rules require that "if the Council (of member states) does not take a decision, then the measure has to be adopted by the European Commission," a legal adviser said.

Cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms stokes widespread suspicion in the 28-nation EU on health and environmental grounds.

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