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Halt to Dutch GE potatoes

Dear all,
In a small newspapermessage it was mentioned that Dutch
potatocooperative AVEBE  stops its project with GE amylopectine
potatoes. AVEBE's GE potato was rejected in Brussels one year ago and
this year the permission to continue the "field trial" (actually a
commercial 1800 hectares) was not given by the Ministry of Environment.
Nevertheless AVEBE announced just two months ago it wanted to continue
the GE project, in spite of the possibility to breed a amylopectine
potato with conventional breeding. Apparently they now changed their
mind and dropped the whole project. The damage for the cooperative is US
$ 7,5 million.