Enviros fighting genetically modified foods in Britain scored a point today when the government announced that it would not fight a legal challenge against its licensing of crop trials. Friends of the Earth had gone to court to stop a trial planting of genetically modified rapeseed, arguing that the government illegally made changes to the license for the trial. The government acknowledged that it’s actions were illegal, but said this development was just a small setback in its plans to test genetically modified crops in the country. FoE claims the government’s trial program is now in chaos. Prime Minister Tony Blair’s administration is trying to open the country up to genetically modified foods, but most Brits are staunchly opposed and enviros in the country have threatened to destroy trial crop plantings.

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