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EU Commission: proposal for the nationalization of GM imports


The College of European Commissioners published a proposal for the nationalization of GM imports. If adopted it would give individual EU countries the right to restrict or ban the use of GM products in their territory after they have received EU-wide approval. According to the proposal, Member States would not be allowed to invoke health or environmental concerns for such a ban, and any reason should be compatible with the EU single market and the WTO framework.

Since the Commission has proposed a legal change to the existing GM legislation (Regulation 1829/2003), this proposal will need to go to an extensive co-decision procedure, involving the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers (the EU Member States governments).

The proposal brought a strong reaction from many industry stakeholders and also the governments of exporting countries of GM soy and maize. In the Financial Times an article reported that industry and NGOs were united in opposition to the proposal. In a further article in the same newspaper, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack warned that the proposal “raised ‘serious issues’ about the future of transatlantic trade talks".

 

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An EU Research Project

What are the risks of growing GM crops?

What are the benefits?

Numerous studies have addressed the potential impacts of genetically modified (GM) plants. Yet the existing evidence on the effects of GM plants is often contradictory and the quality of scientific research varies widely.

Therefore, the GRACE project will establish new tools for assessing the quality of existing studies and will conduct comprehensive reviews to identify health, environmental and socio-economic impacts of GM plants.

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Videos:

GMO Soybeans & Sustainability

Less soil erosion and fuel consumption: herbicide tolerant soybeans are promoting sustainable cultivation methods.

 

Glyphosate in European agriculture

Interview with a farmer



Glyphosate containing herbicides are not only used in fields with GM crops. They also allow conventional farmers to sow directly into stubble fields without ploughing. Glyphosate has replaced mechanical weed control in many crops and has had an important impact on agricultural practices and crop yields in Europe over the past few decades.

Source:
European Glyphosate Task Force

Animation: The Authorisation Process in Motion!
Applying, consulting, and making a decision: The long and winding road to GMO authorisation in EU
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 Biosafety research:

Impact of Bt maize on
insect communities


Impact of Bt maize on
honey bees

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Jenny asks: How does the PCR method work?


At Germany's Institute for the Chemical and Veterinary Analysis of Food (CVUA) in Freiburg they use the PCR method to test food for traces of GM plants.

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