EU Fail To Reach Decision On GM Soybean

The EU's Farm Council Wednesday failed to reach a decision on the marketing of products containing a type of genetically modified soybean.

The GM soya variety MON-89788-1, also known as 'Roundup Ready 2 Yield', has already been approved in nine countries including China and the US. However, Agriculture Ministers from the EU's 27 member states meeting in Brussels sent back the dossier for authorisation for import of the bean.

The soybean is manufactured by US biotech giant Monsanto, who claim the bean gives increased yields which would help farmers keep up with global demand.