European Commission presses to allow countries to ban GMO foods EU science authority deems safe

| | December 8, 2016
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The European Commission has made one more attempt to convince member states that they should accept its proposal to give national governments the power to ban the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food.

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The plan would give national governments the power to ban the use of GMOs as ingredients in human food and animal food, even if the European Food Safety Authority had given its stamp of approval.

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In October 2015, the European Parliament flat-out rejected the proposal. …

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The commission had hoped that its plan would break the traditional deadlock which occurs when member states vote on whether or not to authorise the use of a GMO.

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The deadlock then results in a “no opinion” from the member states, leaving it to the commission to take the decision … and to receive the flak from the GMO-sceptic parts of European society.

The commission bases its decision on scientific advice from the European Food Safety Authority, whose executive director [is] Bernhard Url ….

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Url also said it was “dangerous” if scientific evidence would be viewed as “just a scientific opinion, not more”.

“We cannot go beyond the age of evidence. We’d go back to the Middle Ages,” he said.

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