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Germany receives no applications to sell GMO seeds

BERLIN - Germany's government has received no applications to sell seeds for crops with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by a October 31 deadline it set, an Agriculture Ministry spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

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BERLIN - Germany's government has received no applications to sell seeds for crops with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by a October 31 deadline it set, an Agriculture Ministry spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

This means GMOs will not be produced in Germany, she said.

Had applications been received, Germany would have had to introduce bans for each individual GMO type involved.

In September, Germany told the European Union it would ban cultivation of GMO crops under EU rules allowing member states to opt out of GMO cultivation.

An EU law approved in March had cleared the way for new GMO crops to be approved after years of deadlock.

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But the law also gave individual countries the right to ban GMO crops even after they had been approved as safe by the European Commission.

GMO crops are widely grown in the Americas and Asia but in Europe France and Germany are among those countries which strongly oppose them. 

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