Monday, October 28, 1996
Awaiting action on corn study
WASHINGTON - U.S. farmers and food processors will have to wait awhile longer to learn if genetically modified corn will be accepted for import within the European Union.
The product being considered by the EU, Ciba-Geigy's Maximizer hybrid corn, was co-developed with Mycogen Corp. (MYCO, San Diego, Calif.) and contains a gene that provides resistance to the European corn borer (ECB). European losses from the corn borer at times have amounted to 10 percent of the annual crop. North American losses are thought to exceed $1 billion annually.