MEPs weigh in on GM maize authorisations

The European Parliament’s environment committee voted on Monday to object to renewing EU authorisations to cultivate three genetically modified maize varieties

The European Parliament’s environment committee voted on Monday to object to renewing EU authorisations to cultivate three genetically modified (GM) maize varieties in the EU.

The European Commission is expected to submit a proposal to a member state expert committee on 14 October to renew the cultivation authorisations for Monsanto’s maize MON810, Syngenta’s maize BT11 and Dupont’s maize 1507, which are resistant to pests.

MEPs argue that every GM authorisation decision under the current system has been taken by the Commission after it failed to obtain the support of a qualified majority of member states. They also raised concerns about the impact of the Bt toxin, produced by the maize varieties, on non-target species, arguing that the risk assessment conducted by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) was incomplete.

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