Decision by EU environment ministers could make it harder for states for avoid biotech-bullying, critics warn.
Published on Thursday, June 12, 2014 by Common Dreams - Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Button in French reads: GMO? I don't want any. (Photo: Daniel/cc/flickr)
In a decision denounced by green groups, European Union environment ministers on Thursday approved a proposal to give individual member states the authority to ban genetically modified crops that have received EU Commission approval.
But, as Bloomberg noted, "The draft law aims to accelerate endorsements at EU level of requests to plant gene-altered seeds made by companies such as Monsanto."
Friends of the Earth Europe criticized the vote as "a poisoned chalice which could open Europe's fields to more biotech crop."
"It is unacceptable that companies like Monsanto will be given the first say in any decision to ban their products," stated Mute Schimpf, food campaigner for the organization. "Governments must be able to ban unwanted and risky GM crops without needing the permission of the companies who profit from them."