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Italy bans GM maize cultivation

Italy is banning the cultivation of genetically modified maize. The Minister of Agriculture, Luca Zaia, has signed a decree imposing a ban. He has hailed the move as “historic” for Italian agriculture. “The decision [of March 18th] to deny approval for the import of GM maize is particularly significant as members of the [Italian GM seed] commission have unanimously endorsed it,” the Minister says. The commission’s constituent Ministries have adopted “the precautionary principle” that has “characterised the nation’s agriculture policy on this delicate issue”, he adds. The constituent Ministries are of Agriculture, Health, and the Environment. The move has also been supported by several regional authorities.

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