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The United Kingdom is poised to start allowing genetically modified crops to be grown there, a move that marks a hard shift from previous policy and that is likely to set off protests among anti-GMO forces.

While the official decision is designed to make it possible to grow GM maize in England, court challenges probably make it unlikely that any plantings will take place before next year.

According to the BBC, former environment minister Michael Meacher called the move "the wrong decision" unsupported by science and driven by commercial rather than public interests. "There has been very little environmental testing, nothing about soil residue, nothing about gene flow from cross-pollination, nothing about the development of super weeds...and above all, there has been virtually no health testing of the impact of eating GM food on human beings," he said.
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