EU executive backs plans to introduce genetically modified maize


The European Union’s executive commission is backing plans to cultivate a genetically modified maize despite the objections of environmental groups that consider it dangerous.

Wednesday’s approval now sends the plans to approve Maize 1507 to the 28 EU member nations for consideration, and could lead to a decision on the issue as soon as next month. EU members have sharply diverging views on the cultivation of genetically modified organisms.

The European Union has strict guidelines on authorizing and informing consumers about foods containing GMOs — a policy that has caused problems for producers of genetically modified seeds such as U.S.-based Monsanto Co., which are used to laxer rules around the world.

American company Pioneer applied to cultivate Maize 1507 in 2001.