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Germany mulls devolving GMO decisions

Germany is mulling whether to allow its federal states to determine isolation distances for fields planted with genetically modified crops, reports German news site, agrarheute.com. The Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Ilse Aigner, is reported to be considering the proposal under pressure from the Environment Minister of the state of Bavaria, Markus Söder. Mr Söder is reportedly intending to make Bavaria “GMO free” by requiring isolation distances that would make cultivation of GM crops virtually impossible. The Polish Parliament was considering a similar move earlier this year ( Agrow No 586, p 13). The European Commission issued proposals in July to give EU member states the freedom to allow, restrict or ban cultivation of EU-approved GM crops by adjusting the strength of co-existence measures ( Agrow No 596, p 4).

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