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BAYER CAN'T BLAME GOVERNMENT FOR GM MAIZE WITHDRAWAL


The Soil Association accused Bayer of being deceitful when they put the
whole blame for their withdrawal of GM maize on the UK government.  Peter
Melchett, the Soil Association's policy director, said, "Bayer are blaming
their withdrawal of GM maize from the UK on 'regulatory hurdles' imposed by
the British Government. In fact they have been caught out by their own,
inaccurate hype.

"GM companies have always claimed that GM crops need less chemical sprays.
In the three-year farm scale trials Bayer's GM maize was grown with the use
of one weed-killing spray. But Soil Association research in the USA and
Canada had already shown that GM maize grown commercially needed at least
two weedkillers. Indeed, GM companies in America are even selling branded
mixtures of weed killing sprays to farmers growing their GM crops, so they
can hardly deny that several sprays are often needed.

"Unfortunately for Bayer, the British Government took them at their word,
and said that their GM maize could only be grown using one weedkiller. Based
on experience in North America, Bayer know that won't work in practice. In
these circumstances, its really not surprising that Bayer have withdrawn the
GM maize, effectively ending the prospect of any GM crops being grown in the
UK for the foreseeable future."