UK votes support for first GMO crop since 1998, breaking with EU

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A UK vote to approve EU proposals to authorise the first new GM crops for cultivation since 1998 suggests the crops may be grown across the country post-Brexit.

The European vote was rejected by the majority of nation states, with the UK being one of eight to vote in favour.

Farming minister George Eustice said [in 2016] future arrangements may be put in place for their regulation.

“The Government’s general view remains that policy and regulation in this area should be science-based and proportionate,” he said.

EU member states were voting on a proposal to authorise two new strains of GM maize, and the reauthorisation of the one GM crop currently grown in the EU (also maize). Thirteen member states voted to reject the new crops, while eight voted in favour.

However, despite the convincing rejection of new crops, neither decision met the qualified majority voting bar and it is now up to the European Commission to decide what to do next.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: UK votes in favour of GM crops, paving way for potential post-Brexit approval

  • mem_somerville

    I can’t stop laughing (in the original piece):

    GM Freeze Director Liz O’Neill said: “The UK’s vote in favour of all three GM maize crops, despite each being banned in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, should ring alarm bells for anyone who wants to protect biodiversity and consumer choice in post-Brexit Britain.”

    Doesn’t having more choice and more varieties mean more “consumer choice”, Liz? Or what is it about choice that you don’t quite understand?

    Liz could get a job with the Trump media team if this other nonsense gig doesn’t work out for her.

  • Eric Bjerregaard

    While the author of the original reported some facts. He concluded by reporting comments from leaders of several wacko groups and failed to point out how they are wrong. Thus more false equivalence is allowed in and the average reader doesn’t realize this.