BASF halts EU approval process for GM potatoes

Jan 29, 2013
BASF, the world's biggest chemicals company, said Tuesday it has decided to no longer seek European approval of its genetically modified potato products in the face of stiff resistance.

BASF, the world's biggest chemicals company, said Tuesday it has decided to no longer seek European approval of its genetically modified potato products in the face of stiff resistance.

BASF said in a statement it will "discontinue the pursuit of regulatory approvals for the Fortuna, Amadea, and Modena potato projects in Europe because continued investment cannot be justified due to uncertainty in the regulatory environment and threats of field destructions."

A year ago, the giant had announced it would halt the development and marketing of new genetically-modified products destined for the European market over concerns in some countries over the technology.

And it also moved its headquarters to the United States.

's latest decision comes only days after the European Commission in Brussels announced it will freeze the approval process for genetically modified through the end of its mandate next year while it works towards an agreement with EU member states.

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1 / 5 (6) Jan 29, 2013
let 'em starve
3 / 5 (4) Jan 29, 2013
Who is going to starve pray tell? Not us. We don't need nor want GM food. We grow plenty of good quality natural food already and what BASF are really saying is they cannot comply with all the necessary standards of reporting necessary to reach approval. After all the science is very novel. Have a nice day babysitting your newest biotech company. They will no doubt find themselves in good company.
1 / 5 (2) Jan 29, 2013
After conservative policy starved the Government beast, and powers to regulate corporations were eviscerated, the US suffered a holocaust of corporate-financial greed, and remain victims of mad scientists who genetically experiment freely on its population.

Fleeing to Europe to save their children from corporate-dominated poisoning only brings genetic-mutated obesity, diabetes, and years of deleterious environmental, pharmaceutical, and food-poisoned genomes to the rest of the civilized world.

Zombie tourists raised on mutated BASF potatoes, and other experiments from unregulated corporations will visit your country, may find your daughters, and infect your whole family with super bugs from systemically over-prescribed antibiotics, and genetically-mutated pathogens.
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 30, 2013
Have no fear, GMO enthusiasts! BASF's plant sciences activities will be welcomed here in the good ol' US of A, where money is all that matters.

Just note: no where did BASF say that they were going to stop development of these and many other GMO products, or stop selling them.

Just not in the EU.

For now.

And here's a little more "food" for thought:


Prince Awele
3 / 5 (2) Jan 31, 2013
BASF, by deciding to "discontinue the pursuit of regulatory approvals" in Europe because of "regulatory environment and threats of field destructions", has demonstrated hatred for safety study and certification of its products. Do consumers, including BASF executives, like and want toxic, allergenic and nutrient-deficient foods? Is paying for his products not the same as paying the piper? What are NOT clear are whether it will begin to steal GM foods and other GM products into Europe; that is without subjecting them to safety study, or it will obtain a compromise through bribe which will allow it no safety obligation, and what moving its plant science headquarters to the free land for corrupt, evil, criminal and satanic people and companies is intended to achieve.

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