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European Parliament to vote on anti-GMO motions

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The European Parliament now has an opportunity to set the direction for innovation in agriculture, and support the approval of safe GM products in accordance with evidence.

The plenary agenda for 6 and 7 June includes two unfounded motions for objections against safety-assessed GMO import authorisations (Bart Staes), as well as a report which “urges the G8 member states not to support GMO crops in Africa” (Maria Heubuch).

The plenary will also vote on two encouraging reports that emphasise the importance of technological solutions and innovation in agriculture (Anthea McIntyre and Jan Huitema).

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Rather than asking the Commission to behave illegally by not approving safe products, and confirming the EU’s tendency to become the world’s agriculture museum, MEPs can choose next week to stand up for innovation and evidence-based, democratically agreed product authorisation procedures.

About the author: Pedro Narro Sanchez is public affairs manager for agricultural biotechnology at EuropaBio

Read full, original post: GMOs: Time to stand up for EU law and innovation

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