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2006-02-08 09:32:28

By Jeremy Smith BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European countries bristled on Wednesday at a world trade ruling that touches on national sovereignty over genetically modified (GMO) foods, with some saying they would do their level best to keep farming GMO-free. Europe's consumers are well known for their skepticism, if not hostility, to GMO crops, often dubbed as "Frankenstein foods." The biotech industry insists their products are perfectly safe, however, and no different to conventional...

2005-09-19 06:25:00

PARIS -- When Pierre, a 50-year-old French maize farmer, was offered the chance to grow his first genetically-modified (GMO) crops, he jumped at the chance and predicts many others will soon follow suit. Such is the sensitivity surrounding GMOs in a country where test fields of GMO maize and rapeseed are regularly ripped up, Pierre told only his family and the local mayor of his plans. "Before I decided to grow GMO maize there was a lot of debate in my family," the farmer in southwest France...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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