Last week The New York Times reported that the European Commission (the executive arm of the European Union) “approved six genetically modified corn varieties for import to the bloc, another sign of its desire to speed decision-making on the controversial technology.” That means Europe can now import approved corn varieties from countries like the United States, Brazil, and Argentina.
Previously, the EU had a zero-tolerance policy toward imports with unapproved, genetically modified material. But, according to the Times, “the commission granted the approvals unilaterally after E.U. farm ministers failed to reach a decision on the applications in June.” EU governments have been deadlocked on the issue.
“The commission has said it will propose a small tolerance margin for unapproved material in imports later this year, but until then the only solution is for the Union to approve varieties individually for import,” reports the Times.
Looks like Big Ag has won another game. When is the tide going to shift?