European court confirms right to cultivate GM crops

| September 7, 2012
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A decision by the European Court of Justice has clarified the legal requirements concerning the cultivation of GM crops within the European Union member states. The decision confirms the non-legitimacy of national authorizations introduced in addition to the approval of biotech crops established by the European legal framework, and it also confirms that coexistence measures are not mandatory to grow GM plants.

Paolo Marchesini of DuPont Pioneer said he was “really satisfied with today’s decision of the European Court of Justice”.

“Concerning our GM crops’ cultivation experience in other countries, we have always been operating in full compliance with our strict internal and internationally accepted product stewardship standards in order to prevent cross pollination.”

The issue of genetically modified crops continues to spark heated debate. Around 200 activists protested against open air GM testing earlier in May.

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