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European Parliament Objects to Four Genetically Modified Crops

Nov. 14, 2019, 5:15 PM

The European Parliament objected to proposed EU approval to import four genetically modified crops, in a series of Nov. 14 votes.

The parliament’s votes against market approvals for two genetically modified corns, a soybean, and a cotton are nonbinding. But they put pressure on EU countries and the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, to take a more restrictive approach to genetically modified crops, Beat Spath, agricultural biotech director of industry group EuropaBio, told Bloomberg Environment.

The parliament routinely objects to genetically modified authorizations, voting for 39 formal objections since 2014; the continual pressure could lead to an...

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