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EU GMO cultivation rules pass final vote

EU Ministers have formally approved proposals to allow EU member states to restrict or ban the cultivation of EU-approved genetically modified crops. The Ministers’ endorsement of the compromise deal in March follows the European Parliament’s positive vote in January, and represents the completion of four years of debates and disagreements. The last legislative step is publication in the EU Official Journal, which will enable the European Commission to fulfil its plan to bring the new rules into force this spring. Individual countries will no longer have to abide by EU approvals for cultivation, and can block GM lines on grounds such as policy objectives, co-existence problems, and socio-economic impacts.

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