GMO at Europe’s door
The European Union appears to have arrived at a compromise regarding genetically modified organisms. The question is, how long is it likely to last?
A European battle
We have all noticed that the debate between GMO supporters and opponents has continued for many years now. France, the European leader in agriculture, has a strong voice in the latter group. The French Senate voted in favor of a ban on the use of GMO plants based on the seeds provided by an American company called Monsanto. Despite the fact that some kinds of those GMO’s (mainly meant for fodder) may be legally traded in Europe, their more widespread use did not use to be allowed.
The European Union wishes to move towards the possibility of GMO trade, however, and has come up with a compromise. A Member State could turn to the European Commission with a request to inform the GMO manufacturers that this particular state opts out of the EU procedures of introducing GMO’s on the common market. Also, even if a country does not allow GMO trade on its territory, it will be obliged to enable the free transit of GMO products. Time will show whether this kind of compromise is going to help GMO manufacturers to increase their market in Europe. At the moment, the draft of the document is being debated.