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Feb 3, 2012

Danish Proposal Seeks Compromise on GM Crop Cultivation in Europe

On 3 February 2012, EurActiv.com reported that Denmark has drafted a compromise proposal to try to break the legal gridlock in the EU Council over whether to allow the cultivation of gene modified (GM) crops.  This is meant to further dialogue because since 2010, EU countries have been unable to agree on rules about whether the EU or individual countries should determine whether GM crops can be planted.

The proposal states that agricultural biotech companies should agree not to market GM crops in EU countries that want them banned. For their voluntary agreement, agricultural biotechnology companies would not be blocked from authorization in countries that want to plant GM crops. 

EU biotech industry sources say that the agricultural biotechnology companies had yet to agree to the proposal but that "any progress towards approving new GM crops for cultivation in Europe was welcome. ...This is probably the last serious attempt to unblock the negotiations."

This follows German biotech firm BASF Plant Science's decision in January 2012 to move its plant biotech research activities from Germany to North Carolina. 

For more see: "Danes seek compromise on GM crops," EurActiv.com, 3 February 2012.

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