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Opposition To GM Crops Expressed At Organic Seed Exchange Festival In Greece

May 15, 2011: 08:49 AM EST
About  5,000 people attended a festival in northeastern Greece to exchange seeds and voice opposition to genetically modified crops. European countries are under pressure from American GM producers such as Monsanto who argue that European bans on GM products violate global trade rules. The European Union has approved only two GM-crops: a maize strain for animal feed and a potato for paper-making. Popular disapproval of genetically modified crops has delayed decisions on a long list of others. On display at the festival were organic tomato roots and seeds to grow organic courgettes, beetroots, melons, watermelons and herbs. A total of 4,000 plant types were distributed to organic growers and supporters.
"Greeks mobilize to protect endangered seeds", France 24, May 15, 2011, © AFP/France 24
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