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EU Parliament environment committee challenges recent GMO crop approvals, citing seed company ‘market domination’

| September 30, 2019

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The Environment Committee in the European Parliament voted against the approval of genetically modified maize and soybean varieties. [The committee members] fear risks to the environment and demand a say in GMO approvals.

In a statement, MEPs demanded that the authorizations be withdrawn. The statement received a clear majority in the committee with 50 votes in favor and 15 rejections …. “Our farmers must not become dependent on international seed breeding companies that try to dominate the market with their genetic engineering plants,” affirmed Alexander Bernhuber, environmental spokesman for the [Austrian People’s Party] in the European Parliament.

[Editor’s note: This article was published in German and has been translated and lightly edited for clarity.]

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