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EU considers modified crop bans
by Staff Writers
Brussels (UPI) Jul 6, 2011

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The European Union Parliament voted to give EU member states the power to restrict or ban genetically modified crops on environmental or health grounds.

The draft legislation, which still has to be considered by EU governments, would enable member states to place restrictions or bans on genetically modified crops that go beyond the EU-wide mechanism of regulation, the BBC reported Wednesday.

A report approved by Parliament members Tuesday said member states "may adopt measures restricting or prohibiting the cultivation of all or particular GMOs [genetically modified organisms], in all or part of their territory, on the basis of grounds relating to the public interest."

Granting more flexibility to member states would not undermine EU-level assessments, the report said.

Supporters of genetically modified crops argue they produce higher yields and are resistant to pests, requiring less fertilizer and pesticides, while opponents say more scientific data is needed on possible long-term harmful genetic impact on humans and wildlife.

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