27 October 1999
Three-year extension to GM trials?

THE Government is on the verge of securing a deal which will extend trials into the safety of genetically modified crops by three years.

The deal with the biochemical industry will lead to a significant expansion in the number of farm-scale trials, report s the Press Association.

However, this move will effectively postpone any commercial growing of GM crops until well into the new millennium.

A spokesman for the Governments GM communications unit told PA it had been the intention that the trials programme should stretch over four years.