The Telegraph

Genetically modified crops could be planted in the UK as soon as next year after the Government backed an EU ruling allowing their introduction to English farming.

Two strains of maize resistant to weedkiller were given the go ahead after the EU decided individual member states should be given the power to opt out of using the GM crop.

A vote by agricultural ministers in Luxembourg gave de facto approval to the mutated crops but delayed giving the green light to all commercial GM growing for 10 years as it needed all member states to agree.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said the EU decision would fast track the maize, which is resistant to the industrial weedkiller Roundup, into farms and onto supermarket shelves.

He said: “This is a real step forward in unblocking the dysfunctional EU process for approving GM crops, which is letting down farmers and stopping scientific development.

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