Wed May 28, 2014 10:29 AM CDT

BRUSSELS (Dow Jones - AFP) -- After years of fractious talks, EU states have finally reached a compromise to allow cultivation of genetically-engineered food crops by giving their opponents an opt-out, official sources said Wednesday.

European Union member states will have the right to refuse GE crops on their territory, even if they have got clearance on health and safety grounds at the EU level, the sources said.

Reassured on this count, France, which has led the campaign against GE foods, plus Britain and Germany had dropped their opposition to the agreement, they said.

In principle, EU approval should mean ...

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