A German company is seeking approval from the European Commission for a non-edible potato that is a genetically engineered factory for amylopectin. Amylopectin is used to make glossy paper coatings, clothing finishes and adhesive cement. If approved, this will be the first genetically modified crop in the last decade to be approved for growth in Europe. European Ministers have twice been deadlocked on approval of the potato during the past eight months, but the European Commission now says that it will approve the potato "probably this fall". However, this statement is questionable in the face of stiff opposition from a public that is strongly opposed to genetically modified foods. Polls by the European Commission have shown that 80 to 90 percent of Europeans distrust genetically modified plants.

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