MEPs vote to firm up national bans on GM crops in Europe
European Commission proposal to prevent national bans on environmental or health grounds is defeated
Arthur Neslen, Brussels Tuesday 11 November 2014
MEPs voted on Tuesday to allow national bans on genetically modified food crops for environmental reasons, even if the EU has already approved them for cultivation.
Under current bloc rules, GM crops can be cultivated after a satisfactory risk assessment by the European Food Safety Authority but several countries wanted stronger rights to block crops under the principle of ‘subsidiarity’, or devolution of powers to nation states. Some cited concerns over contamination from GM crops, others flagged scientific uncertainties.