The journal Environmental Sciences Europe recently published a study which contradicts persistent claims from agritech corporations that GM crops would reduce pesticide use and be more beneficial to the environment and human health.
There is continuous opposition from a number of member states, such as France and Germany, to alter rules on the cultivation of genetically modified crops. The current Danish Presidency of the European Union tabled a compromise plan which could allow Member States to deal with biotech companies before GM crops are approved at EU level or to restrict GM crops despite approval. The European environment ministers will vote next week in the Council on the Danish proposal which will be dropped if it does not get the majority of support by Member States.
The French government requested on Monday, 20th February, that the European Commission suspends the authorisation for the use of genetically modified MON 810 maize crops from US company Monsanto following results of new studies.