Europe's food fight

Civil disobedience

OXFORD - European governments are not all playing by their own rules when it comes to GMO crops. Indeed, a number of member states as well as the European Union's ministerial and parliamentary bodies are frustrating efforts by the European Commission to enforce the EU's own laws.

Austria - which currently holds the European presidency - and Luxembourg have imposed import bans on a genetically modified corn developed by Novartis AG (Basel, Switzerland), even though the EU officially approved its use in November 1997.