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Europe split on acceptance of Bayer, Monsanto GM crops

European Union farm ministers failed to reach a decision on whether to grant import approval to three genetically modified (GM) crops, which means the final decision now rests with the bloc's executive.

From Reuters:

European Union farm ministers failed to reach a decision on Thursday on whether to grant import approval to three genetically modified (GM) crops, which means the final decision now rests with the bloc's executive.

The ministers failed to decide whether to approve imports of a herbicide-tolerant GM cotton developed by Germany's Bayer (BAYGn.DE) and a herbicide- and insect-resistant maize developed by U.S. biotech firm Monsanto (MON.N), an EU source said.

They also did not agree on a third application: to update an existing EU approval for a pest- and herbicide-resistant maize developed by Dow (DOW.N) to also cover its use as an animal feed additive.

All of the applications cover the import and sale of GM products such as animal feed but not their cultivation in the EU.

For more, see: EU ministers split on GM crop import approvals

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