March 17, 2011
EU Farm Ministers Undecided in Approving GM Crop Imports
The ministers failed to decide whether to approve imports of a herbicide-tolerant GM cotton developed by Germany's Bayer (BAYGn.DE) and a herbicide- and insect-resistant maize developed by U.S. biotech firm Monsanto (MON.N), an EU source said.
They also did not agree on a third application: to update an existing EU approval for a pest- and herbicide-resistant maize developed by Dow (DOW.N) to also cover its use as an animal feed additive.
All of the applications cover the import and sale of GM products such as animal feed but not their cultivation in the EU.
EU ministers have never taken a decision either to reject or approve a GM crop application for import or cultivation, with governments constantly split along pro- and anti-GM lines.
For most GM crop applications when the EU's scientific assessments find no environmental or health risks, the EU's executive -- the European Commission -- has subsequently granted approvals when ministers are unable to reach a decision.
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