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TITLE:  GERMAN MINISTER PUSHED TO BAN GM POTATOES, SUEDDDEUTSCHE SAYS

SOURCE: Bloomberg, USA

AUTHOR: Jeremy van Loon

URL:    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601100&sid=aG9BW_W1SEEo&refer=germany

DATE:   22.04.2009

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GERMAN MINISTER PUSHED TO BAN GM POTATOES, SUEDDDEUTSCHE SAYS

April 22 (Bloomberg) -- German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner is under pressure from her Christian Social Union party to ban planting of genetically modified potatoes, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported, citing unidentified people. A ban would put Aigner and the CSU in conflict with Chancellor Angela Merkel, who heads the Christian Democratic Union, and Annette Schavan, the country?s research minister, the newspaper said. Both Merkel and Schavan favor allowing planting genetically modified potatoes. Earlier this month, Aigner outlawed the planting of a strain of corn made by Monsanto Co., joining a widening European ban on GM crops that threatens to trigger U.S. trade retaliation.


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