Most EU nations seek to bar GM crops

October 4, 2015
Nineteen of the 28 EU member states have applied to keep genetically modified crops out of all or part of their territory
Nineteen of the 28 EU member states have applied to keep genetically modified crops out of all or part of their territory

Nineteen of the 28 EU member states have applied to keep genetically modified crops out of all or part of their territory, the bloc's executive arm said Sunday, the deadline for opting out of new European legislation on GM crops.

The EU nations had until October 3 to seek an opt-out which would give them the opportunity to ban GM crops already authorised as safe for cultivation, or under consideration, by the European Union.

Denmark, Luxembourg, Malta and Slovenia made last-minute applications for such a ban, the EU Commission said.

They thus join Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Poland in seeking to keep the out of their fields.

Britain is also seeking a ban for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, leaving only England to willingly allow GM crop cultivation.

Belgium has opted to keep its French-speaking Wallonia region GMO-free.

Those national demands must be put to the big agricultural multinationals, including the likes of Monsanto and Dow.

The agro companies have the right to oppose such calls for these GM products to be banned from individual member states.

If they do so then member states can still invoke "substantial grounds", for example specific environmental or agricultural issues, for a ban.

The legislation crucially allows member states to ban GMOs on environmental policy considerations, even if the crop has already been cleared on health and safety grounds at the EU level.

So far only one GM crop is cultivated in the European Union—Monstanto's MON 810 GM maize.

The product's genetic modification aims to protect the crop against a harmful pest -– the European corn borer.

MON 810 is cultivated in few member states, mainly in Spain and Portugal.

There are also eight pending applications for GMO cultivation in the EU, including renewal of the MON810 authorisation.

On top of that, 58 GMOs are authorised for import into the EU for food and feed uses, rather than for cultivation.

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Returners
2 / 5 (4) Oct 04, 2015
Good for them.

The U.S. has experienced an explosion of diabetes, obesity, and nerve-damaging illnesses in the past few decades since the broad adoption of GM crops, not to mention the gradual extinction of the honey bee. I don't know the worst culprits, but nothing else relevant has changed during the same time.

It seems to me that the goal of the FDA is the gradual extermination of the common man.
Captain Stumpy
4.2 / 5 (10) Oct 04, 2015
The U.S. has experienced an explosion of diabetes, obesity, and nerve-damaging illnesses in the past few decades since the broad adoption of GM crops
@returners
this is called personal conjecture without evidence

it is far more likely to be correlated with modern societal problems like sedentary lifestyles, sugar/carb consumption, over eating due to increasing food production and sizing, storage and other additives which also include chemicals, etc

it seems to be more of a first world emerging problem than a US one

also note: ANY food you eat is technically GM... from corn and peas to onions, lettuce and more, etc

this is how we survived in the past (modifying our food source to get what we wanted/needed, from domestication of cows etc to altering corn and rice)
the gradual extermination
conspiracist ideation seems to be a running trend in your posts, right along with religion
SkyLy
not rated yet Oct 04, 2015
GMOs are the future of mankind's food, there's no doubt about it. But until we have more unbiased studies on their impact on health and get better at genomics overall, banishing these is unavoidable.
docile
Oct 05, 2015
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dogbert
3.7 / 5 (3) Oct 05, 2015
It is refreshing that that Europe, for the most part, continues to reject the introduction of GMO crops by huge companies who seek to control their food production through patent control.

In the United States, these companies even prevent the population from being informed about GMO foods in our diet.

As a general rule, anything which has to be forced on the population and anything which must be hidden from the population, should be rejected by that population.
Returners
2.3 / 5 (6) Oct 05, 2015
also note: ANY food you eat is technically GM... from corn and peas to onions, lettuce and more, etc


Silly. Selective breeding doesn't introduce nerve toxins to Corn and Wheat, GM does.

Americans have been fat and lazy for a century, and fast food has been around for multiple generations. Kids were glued to the T.V. since they were invented. The only thing that's changed significantly is the GM food.
antigoracle
4 / 5 (4) Oct 05, 2015
GMOs are the future of mankind's food, there's no doubt about it.

Then that brings the future of mankind into question. Besides the possible health and ecological impacts the fact that all future generations of your food is owned by corporations should leave you wary.
gkam
2.3 / 5 (3) Oct 05, 2015
The folk playing with GM are not sorcerers, they are just the apprentices.
Edenlegaia
5 / 5 (1) Oct 05, 2015
The folk playing with GM are not sorcerers, they are just the apprentices.


Those apprentices are dangerous then.
Captain Stumpy
3 / 5 (6) Oct 05, 2015
You can find multiple evidence at my blog
@ZEPHIR/docileTROLL
no, a blog is the equivalent of personal conjecture without evidence, just in writing - unless you can link validated reputable peer reviewed journal studies with empirical evidence, then it is nothing more than OPINION
please re-read my post and go for comprehension this time instead of promotion of your ideology or belief system which is simply feeding your conspiracist ideation (see link below)
thanks

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Americans have been fat and lazy...significantly is the GM food
@returners
actually, if you look at the NIH datasets, the increase in sedentary lifestyles, rural to urban movement and modern tech. correlates far more closely with the problem than GM foods.

you assume all Americans are the same without taking into consideration cultural differences, etc
this is likely because of your religious conspiracist ideation
http://journals.p....0075637
Captain Stumpy
4 / 5 (4) Oct 05, 2015
@@ZEPHIR/docileTROLL
downrating with your sock army doesn't change the truth, nor does it alter reality

your idea of "evidence" is almost solely based upon your interpretations of your own faith based delusional beliefs complicated by your inability to comprehend basic physics or science

this is why you still cling to falsified aw/daw delusions with fanatical religious tenacity and repeatedly proselytize it's merits
and how/why everything being studied or validated in astrophysics/physics is somehow related to or proves your beliefs although the oly proof you can manifest that shows this is always references back to your own site, pseudoscience or your "jvk" styled misinterpretations of physics

this is also true of returners, who learned his reading & comprehension from pseudoscience & religious posters

See also: http://phys.org/n...ies.html

http://journals.p...one.0075
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.3 / 5 (3) Oct 05, 2015
The folk playing with GM are not sorcerers, they are just the apprentices.
"Those of us who have had experiences with psychopaths know that the language of the psychopath is two-dimensional. They are, as someone once said, as "deep as a thimble."

IMO
howhot2
5 / 5 (2) Oct 05, 2015
@antigoracle wrote;
GMOs are the future of mankind's food, there's no doubt about it.

Then that brings the future of mankind into question. Besides the possible health and ecological impacts the fact that all future generations of your food is owned by corporations should leave you wary.
OMG! @antigoracle and I agree on something. @antigoracle please continue.
docile
Oct 06, 2015
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