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MEPs condemn GMO cultivation plans

Members of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee have joined the chorus of criticism against proposals to allow member states to decide on whether to permit the cultivation of EU-approved genetically modified crops. In the Committee’s first discussion of the proposals, the main concern was for the EU single market, matching similar comments from EU Environment and Agriculture Ministers ( Agrow No 600, p 12). However, MEPs were warned against rejecting the proposals outright, as this would exclude the Committee from further input at the amendments stage. Instead, they requested a closer working arrangement with the Environment Committee, the lead parliamentary body on this issue, in order to reach a stronger joint position.

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