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Published December 09, 2010, 01:29 PM

Greenpeace gathers million signatures against GMOs

BRUSSELS — Greenpeace has handed the European Union Farm Commissioner more than 1 million signatures on a petition against the further spread of genetically modified crops in the EU.

BRUSSELS — Greenpeace has handed the European Union Farm Commissioner more than 1 million signatures on a petition against the further spread of genetically modified crops in the EU.

The environmental group says it wants the EU to put a stop to new GMO crops — or genetically modified organisms — until there is enough independent scientific evidence to assess the risks. It says the current EU assessment does not take the long-term effect on the environment sufficiently into account.

Outside the EU headquarters Thursday, Greenpeace activists created a huge pavement painting depicting idyllic pastoral scenes and a banner saying “One million for GMO freeze.”

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