BASF is abandoning efforts to gain EU authorisation for three GM potatoes after over a decade of investment and research. The company is also dropping research into GM “nutritionally enhanced corn” in the US, which will trigger the closure of six field sites and the loss of 40 jobs. BASF’s statement says of its GM potato, “Investment cannot be justified due to uncertainty in the regulatory environment and threats of field destructions,” but this fails to acknowledge that in fact there is no market for the products and activist interference in GM trials is in fact very rare.

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