EU Parliament Environment Committee opposes ‘undemocratic’ plan to import glyphosate-tolerant GMOs

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Europe depends on US exports of GM grain to sustain its livestock sector.

The Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee of the European Parliament …. opposed the European Commission’s plans to authorize the import of products containing four herbicide-resistant GMOs and calls on the Commission to withdraw its draft implementing decisions on these products. This follows the decision of …. 10 October 2019 to oppose three other herbicide-resistant GMOs.

These GMOs have been made tolerant to glyphosate-based and glufosinate ammonium-based herbicides. MEPs say that a number of studies show that such GM crops result in a higher use of weed killers. The crop may be exposed to repeated doses, which potentially lead to higher quantity of residues in the harvest, they say.

“Undemocratic process”

MEPs also point out that since the current GM authorisation process came into force, the Commission continues to authorise GMOs in spite of lack of support from Member States and the numerous objections of the European Parliament. It is unacceptable that what should be the exception is becoming the norm.

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Background

A separate EU law that would enable any EU member state to restrict or prohibit the sale and use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was opposed by Parliament in October 2015. MEPs are concerned that this law might prove unworkable or that it could lead to the reintroduction of border checks between pro- and anti-GMO countries. They called on the Commission to table a new proposal.

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