MEPs from the Environment Committee voted to allow EU countries to ban or restrict the use of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) on environmental grounds.. “Our proposal offers states a solid, legal basis,” said French Liberal Corinne Lepage, Parliament’s draftswoman for the rules.
Member states will be able to restrict or ban GMO cultivation on agro-environmental grounds, for example pesticide resistance, the invasiveness of certain crops and a threat to biodiversity. But they will not be able to ban them on health grounds.
Food labelling was under discussion Tuesday, but there are still differences between MEPs on issues including mandatory labelling of trans fats and extending country of origin indications. The Environment Committee is expected to vote on 19 April.