|EU To Pay for Contaminated Crops
Belgium (AP) - European farmers who had to destroy rapeseed crops
contaminated by genetically modified seed will be fully reimbursed,
the European Commission said Friday.
|Updated 12:13 PM ET June 9, 2000
should not suffer financially from a situation they were not
responsible for," said EU Agriculture Commissioner Franz
discovered last month that hundreds of acres of arable land in
several EU nations, including France, Belgium, Britain, Sweden and
Finland, were contaminated after genetically modified seeds were
accidentally mixed with regular colza seeds.
is marketed in the United States and Canada as canola oil.
genetically modified strain has rendered the crops unmarketable
because under EU law such foodstuffs cannot be sold to the public.
provide for a payment to farmers of $79 per ton of rapeseed
harvested by June 30 at the latest. EU officials said although the
contaminated crops have been destroyed, farmers will still be paid