General Article EU angers all camps with move to relax GM crop restrictions

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The use of genetically modified (GM) crops in the EU could become more common over the next decade, after the European Commission yesterday unveiled plans that would give individual member states the freedom to decide whether or not to permit the production of GM crops.However, both pro- and anti-GM lobby groups have expressed frustration at the new proposals, warning that they could create a patchwork of regulations across the EU where some states allow GM crops and others maintain a blanket ban on all GM produce.The proposals, which still have to be approved by the European Parliament and council of member states, are designed to end a decade-long deadlock that has seen EU attempts to approve certain GM crops for use repeatedly blocked by countries opposed to the use of GM.Under the proposals, individual member states will be able to choose to restrict or ban the use of GM crops on non-scientific grounds such as socio-economic or cultural reasons.‘The c...

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