OXFORD - All sides claimed victory last week in the U.K. High Court battle to halt trials of a genetically modified corn in fields adjacent to an organic farm. The three Court of Appeal judges upheld a High Court decision allowing the trial of modified corn to take place, although they did rule that the government had acted unlawfully in allowing the trials to go ahead.

The government now must re-examine its procedures for approving the planting of modified seeds, which could affect some 150-plus genetically modified crop trials in the U.K. - a process that Friends of the Earth claimed could delay the introduction of commercially grown modified corn in the U.K. by up