Wed Nov 6, 2013 07:23 AM CST

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's executive Commission is backing plans to cultivate a genetically-engineered maize despite the objections of environmental groups which consider it dangerous.

Wednesday's approval now sends the plans to approve Maize 1507 to the EU's 28 member nations for consideration and could lead to a decision on the issue as soon as next month. EU member states have sharply diverging views on the cultivation of genetically-engineered plants.

The EU has strict guidelines on authorizing and informing consumers about foods containing GMOs -- a policy that has caused problems for producers of genetically-engineered seeds such as U.S.-based ...

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