31 May '14, 9am

Deceitful compromise clears the way for GMO crops in Europe

Deceitful compromise clears the way for GMO crops in Europe

With a very weak premise and legal grounds, the proposal may in fact be instrumental allowing numerous new GMO crops for cultivation in the EU. An unholy alliance of pro- and anti-GMO countries have struck a deal that will sweep away the obstacles to genetically engineered crops in the EU. By allowing - under limited circumstance - individual member states to prohibit the growing of GMO crops on their territory, the European Commission expects to boost GMO cropping in the EU overall. An indicative vote of Member State representatives taken in a closed meeting this week indicated near unanimous support for the proposal which is being promoted by Greece - the current holders of the EU Presidency. A formal vote will take place at a meeting of Environment Ministers on the 12th June. If agreed - as seems likely - it will then go to the European Parliament for approval. The sign...

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