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Mar 19, 2010

Bulgaria Bans GM Crops

Bulgaria's ruling party has passed a lnew aw restricting all gene modified (GM) crops.  Passed by the ruling centre-right GERB party, the law puts to rest the possibility that Bulgaria might consider lifting a moratorium on GM crops.  With the new law, regulations are so restrictive that even field tests are virtually impossible to conduct.  According to Kostadin Yazov, member of GERB's parliamentary group, "There will be no field on the country's territory where GM crops can be cultivated."

Bulgaria is a member of the European Union (EU), which allows individual nations to decide on whether and how to introduce GM crops.  Over the past several years, Bulgaria's the ruling party had considered easing GM crop restrictions and introducing a licensing regime "which it had said was in line with the EU legislation."  Public resistance resulted in a change in policy and the passage of this new law banning all GM crops, even those approved by other EU countries.

For more see: "Bulgaria approves law to ban GMO crops." EurActiv.com, 19 March 2010.

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