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Poland Bans Genetically Modified Corn, Potatoes

- Common Dreams staff

Poland banned the cultivation of genetically modified corn and potatoes on Wednesday, Agence France-Presse is reporting.

The agency reports that while Prime Minister Donald Tusk felt "lawmakers had been forced to pass the blanket approval for GM crops," a loophole allowed the country to ban the specific strains of German agricultural giant BASF's Amflora strain of potato and Monsanto's MON 810 corn.

Greenpeace Hungary cheered Poland's move, saying it joined 8 other EU countries, including France, that have similar bans.

Greenpeace Poland stated, "The government has kept its promises."