Farmers turn the heat up on genetically modified crops

The effort to bring genetically modified (GM) crops to commercialisation in Britain is proving increasingly divisive this summer. Ministers have been put on the spot by demands from the farming and biotechnology industries for secrecy over the location of fields where GM crops are being grown following damage to almost two dozen sites by activists in recent weeks. And, in a foretaste of a controversy to come, an organic grower is seeking a judicial review of a Government decision to authorise the release of a GM maize near his farm, claiming that his accredited status is in jeopardy if the maize pollen contaminates his sweetcorn crop.

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