Env MEPs vote for broader criteria to ban GM crop cultivation
The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has voted to allow EU member states to use environmental risks as grounds for banning the cultivation of EU-approved genetically modified crops. The Committee’s suggested amendments would broaden the grounds originally proposed by the European Commission, which has always maintained that environmental and health risks cannot be used as they are assessed at EU level ( Agrow No 611, p 10). In addition, the Committee wants the current revision of risk assessment requirements to be completed and implemented before any more new GM lines are approved. The Committee is the lead parliamentary body on the issue, and its package of proposed amendments will go forward for a vote by the full Parliament in June.