A genetically modified (GM) variety of maize banned in the EU has been sown accidentally across Germany.
The environmental group Greenpeace says NK603 has been planted on 3,000 hectares (7,410 acres) in seven states.
It is not clear how the contamination occurred, but it could cost farmers millions of euros, as crops will now have to be destroyed, media report.
The European Commission is meanwhile set to recommend relaxing the EU's tight rules on cultivating GM crops.
from the BBC