9TH FEBRUARY 2006
Budapest, February 9 (MTI) - Hungary will extend its ban on growing genetically modified maize, gov't officials told the press on Thursday. Hungarian researchers have recently found evidence that maize types freely traded in the European Union represent environmental and health risks, said Environment Ministry state secretary Andras Gombos. According to the researchers, the toxic content of these types of maize in wet weather conditions can become thousands of times higher than traditional pesticides, he added. The ban was introduced in January last year. Farm minister Jozsef Graf said it was in Hungary's economic interest to keep the country GMO-free.
Hungary is one of Europe's biggest grain producers.
He said Hungary would try to get European ministers to uphold the ban at a meeting in the summer.
--->And it's not just Hungary...
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