The impact of Mexico’s corn production shortfalls weighs heavily on the nation’s animal-based food suppliers and mounting pressure from their respective associations could overturn injunctions that have kept commercial plantings of genetically modified (GM) corn on hold since 2009.
The EU must stick to the rules it adopted and authorise Pioneer’s genetically modified 1507 corn, according to industry association EuropaBio.
The European Parliament’s Greens/European Free Alliance group is threatening to censure the Commission if it authorises Pioneer’s genetically modified 1507 corn for cultivation in the EU, despite a large majority of Member States and public opinion being against the move.
The Commission has no choice but to authorise Pioneer’s genetically modified 1507 corn for cultivation in the EU after the Council’s failure to drum up a qualified majority against the proposal, European Health Commissioner Tonio Borg told an 11 February news conference.
A meta-analysis carried out by the Munich-based research institute and campaign group Testbiotech shows data are insufficient to conclude on the safety of Pioneer’s genetically engineered maize 1507.
On the eve of a crucial Council meeting to decide whether to approve Pioneers genetically modified 1507 corn for cultivation, EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg has appealed to member states to clear the proposal but allow individual countries to opt out of allowing cultivation on their territories.
EU member states are set to vote on a controversial GM maize cultivation request in a General Affairs Council (GAC) meeting on February 11.
EU member states will most likely vote on the controversial genetically modified (GM) maize ‘1507’ cultivation request in an Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) meeting next Tuesday (January 28).
Less than three months after Washington voters narrowly rejected a proposal to require labelling of genetically modified foods, state lawmakers are considering legislation to mandate labelling of GM salmon, Food Chemical News reports.
The European Parliament is calling on the Council and Commission to block approval of Pioneer’s genetically modified Zea mays L. 1507 corn for cultivation in the EU, in a resolution adopted in a 16 January vote in the Strasbourg plenary.