European GMOs: which side are you on?

29/04/2015 - 3 minutes

Last week, the European Commission approved 19 GMOs, the first authorizations since 2013. Shortly after, different reactions showed up, with some people more willing to celebrate than others.

While GMOs are widely grown in America and Asia, Europe is still reluctant to this new technology. These authorizations came after a year of European blockage. But now, the approval procedure has been reviewed, in a process that irritated both pro and anti-GMO groups. The new legislation allows member states to limit or forbid GM trades even after their authorization by the EU as a whole, which means that European countries can still individually decide to ban these products for food and feed on their territory. This seems surprising as a European norm should apply to all member countries.

Nineteen products have been approved: 10 new authorizations for GMOs, 7 for the renewal of already existing authorizations and 2 more granted for GMO cut flowers (not for food or feed use). These GMOs have gone through a full authorization procedure, including a favorable scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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