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German group denied permit to grow GM rapeseed in Lithuania

VILNIUS, April 4 (RIA Novosti) - Lithuanian authorities reaffirmed their opposition to the spread of genetically modified crops Wednesday by rejecting an application from a German company seeking to grow GM rapeseed in Lithuania for research purposes.

The Environment Ministry said in a press release that it had taken public opinion into account when making the decision, as well as the views of the scientific community.

According to a survey conducted by the Fonitel agency, 63% of Lithuanians are opposed to the cultivation of genetically modified crops in their country.

Last year, Lithuania rejected a similar application for growing GM potatoes.

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