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Monsanto withdraws bids to grow GMO crops in Europe
Monsanto withdraws bids to grow GMO crops in Europe

Monsanto Co. said Thursday it will largely drop its bid to grow some of its genetically modified crops in Europe. The world's largest seed-maker has nine pending applications with the European Commission, the executive body for the European Union. A spokesman said the company plans to withdraw eight of those applications. The requests "have been going nowhere fast for several years," said Brandon Mitchener, a spokesman for the St. Louis-based company's European entity. "There’s no end in sight ... due to political obstructionism." Many European countries, including France, Germany and Italy, have bans in place against genetically-modified...

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