An agreement on authorising genetically-modified crops may be within reach following a shift in position by Germany
Greece, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union's Council of Ministers, is hopeful that an elusive agreement on a future framework for authorising genetically-modified (GM) crops in Europe can be agreed this year, following signals that Germany might accept a compromise.Read more
Ministers react negatively to French proposal, but Germany signals support for a new text from the Greek presidency.
France will try to break deadlock with a proposal to allow derogations for specific applications of a GM crop.
Czech MEP accused of shelving EU legislation because of domestic pressure.
Member states unable to agree stance on GM crop request Commission says it is bound to authorise GM maize
Ministers to discuss quota system.
No qualified majority for or against the proposal to authorise strain of maize.
EU ministers meeting today in Brussels must take a decision for or against a genetically modified maize.
Exceptions introduced for ‘species of economic importance' after heavy lobbying by mink breeders.
Campaigners say the law would be unworkable with European Parliament amendments.
Solution found after talks collapsed in December.
Producers should not have to label honey accidentally contaminated with GM-containing pollen, MEPs say.
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Published Thursday, 4 October 2012
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When it comes to new and innovative foods, nothing has been more controversial than the idea of eating meat from cloned animals.
Rising commodity prices threaten food supply in developing countries
Farmers will have to change their relationship with the soil to meet new challenges