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EU Ministers finally agree on GMO cultivation

EU Environment Ministers have reached a majority agreement on proposals to allow member states to restrict or ban EU-approved genetically modified crops. The deal foresees a two-step approach, with options either pre- or post-approval. Member states could either strike a deal with a company to be excluded from the geographical scope of a GM crop application. Alternatively, they could opt out of cultivation of the crop after it has been authorised, even if the company did not agree. EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg called the outcome a “win-win situation for member states”. By contrast, the biotechnology industry condemned the renationalisation of a common EU policy as a “negative precedent”.

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