Bundesrat blocks German GM crop law

Germany's upper house of parliament has blocked draft national legislation transposing the EU's 2001 revision of the "deliberate release" directive, which governs the commercialisation of genetically modified crops. The opposition-controlled Bundesrat voted on Friday to curb strict rules proposed by Green agriculture minister Renate Künast: it wants simpler approvals of GM crop cultivation licences, softer rules on growing modified crops near conventional counterparts, and restrictions on the public's right to know where GM crops are planted. The bill has already been passed by the Bundestag, Germany's lower house (EED 26/11/04). It now goes to a mediation committee to find a compromise. See Bundesrat press release.

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