What future for GM crops in Europe?

The decision by BASF to close down its production of GM crops operations in Europe prompts questions over whether Europe can afford to be a ‘GM-free continent’.
Crop science and crop fiction

The debate over genetically modified (GM) crops may be stalled in the European Union’s Council of Minister, but last week the private sector appeared to deliver its own verdict on the future of the technology in Europe. BASF, a German chemical company, announced on 16 January that it will end production of GM crops for the European market and move its plant-science headquarters from Limburgerhof in Germany to the United States. It will also close other sites in Germany and Sweden, though it will maintain existing facilities in Belgium and Berlin. 

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