Sure, an all-out approval would have been nice, but the end result will likely be good enough for Syngenta
The European Union environment ministers locked horns yesterday about whether to allow farmers to plant the companies' genetically modified corn, but it couldn't come to a decision. In the event of a stalemate, the EU commission has the right to make a unilateral decision. Since the executive branch of the EU has already recommended approval of Syngenta's Bt-11 and 1507 from subsidiaries of DuPont and Dow, an eventual approval seems likely.
That effort won't be easy, though. France and Greece circumvented EU rulings to ban biotech crops within their borders, and some German ministers have also called for a ban. The EU may be able to get its member states back in line eventually, but until then, those countries are off-limits.
The biotech agriculture business has an uphill battle in the EU, but at least it's got one foot in the door.
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