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New rules for GM
The cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in the European Union will become easier or more difficult, depending on your point of view, following a January European Parliament vote in favour of a new approval process. Currently, GM crops must gain authorisation at the EU level, but applications from agri-business companies such as Monsanto and Syngenta are commonly stalemated because pro- and anti-GM countries are unable to agree on them. Under the new system, EU-level approval will still be needed, but countries will be able to block cultivation on their territories. The change should clear the way for cultivation in GM-friendly countries. Neither the biotech industry, nor environmentalists, however, were happy with the outcome. The industry said the rules would disrupt the EU internal market, while greens said there would be a rush of EU-level approvals. Only one engineered crop, Monsanto's MON810 maize, is currently authorised at the EU level, and only the Czech Republic, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Spain have so far adopted subsequent national authorisations.
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