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European Council agrees to allow member states to restrict or ban cultivation of GMOs

9:31 AM MDT | June 12, 2014 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Council has reached agreement that provides for a two-step procedure enabling European member states to restrict or even ban the cultivation of authorized genetically-modified organisms (GMO) on their respective territories, the European Commission says. Several member states have called since 2009 for more flexibility and legal certainty to enable decisions to be taken at a national level on the cultivation of GMOs on their respective territories, according to the commission. "I am delighted to announce that the Environment Council has just...

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