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GM crops: New EU rules on crop cultivation

The EU has given governments more power to decide whether to plant genetically modified (GM) crops, which are highly restricted in Europe.

The European Parliament has passed a new law giving states more flexibility by a big majority.

A type of maize - MON 810 - is the only GM crop grown commercially in the EU.

Although Euro MPs and ministers have agreed to give states more flexibility, EU scientists will still play a key role in authorisations.

David Shukman reports.

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