Early EU gene crop approvals on the cards

European Commission asks member states to endorse industry voluntary commitments

The European Commission will formally ask EU member states to lift the de facto moratorium on genetically modified crop and food approvals next week, it has emerged. Governments will be asked to accept voluntary commitments from biotechnology companies to adhere to tighter rules earlier than required by law.

The Commission proposed making companies implement the newly revised deliberate release directive ahead of time in return for restarting approvals over a year ago. The idea provoked outrage from anti-GMO campaign groups (EED 13/07/00).

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