EU Rejects GM Maize Use

By Jon Sullivan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Jon Sullivan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
In the wake of lobbying by IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements), the European Parliament has rejected GMO maize use in its member states. This is the fifth time in a year that they’ve rejected maize. Member states will likely vote on the issue next month. According to IFOAM, every new GMO allowed in the EU increases the likelihood that cross-contamination will occur and jeopardize organic purity. Organics are growing at 7.4 percent a year in the EU, so there are great financial concerns regarding GMOs. 17 member states and four regions presently ban the use of GMOs, which constitutes about two thirds of the EU.
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