EU governments pass the buck on GMOs

EU farm ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday failed to agree three decisions on marketing genetically modified crops. All will now be adopted unilaterally by European Commission. In a now familiar cycle, EU governments are split over whether to approve new types of GM crops, in this case maize types GA 21 (for use in food) and MON 863 (for use in animal feed). More unusually, ministers were asked to overrule a Greek ban on cultivation of another GM maize, MON 810, after it received EU marketing approval in the 1990s. See press release.

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