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BrownfieldAgNews reports:

The European Union has apparently cleared the way for farmers to grow DuPont Pioneer's 1507 genetically modified corn. Ministers from 19 of the EU's 28 member-nations voted against approval but the bloc's weighted voting system resulted in a deadlock.

While France opposed approval, other heavy-hitters including Great Britain and Spain supported it. Germany abstained forcing the deadlock.

As a result, the European Commission is now obligated to approve the variety. It is possible the Commission would allow individual member states to prohibit planting the variety.

Developed jointly by DuPont and Dow, Pioneer first sought EU approval of the European corn borer-resistant variety in 2001. The long-delayed approval process was pushed to a decision when a European court ruled last September that EU environmental ministers needed to rule on the request. The corn is allowed as a food and animal feed ingredient in the E.U. but it can't be cultivated.

Up to now, the only genetically modified corn which can be grown in the EU is another corn-borer resistant variety, Monsanto's MON 810, which was approved in 1998.

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