Germany has initiated measures to stop the production of genetically modified crops in accordance with the new rules of the European Union.
The Minister of agriculture of Germany Christian Schmidt told German regional governments of its intention to inform the EU that Germany uses the new rule "waiver of participation" in order to stop the cultivation of GM crops, even if their varieties are permitted in the EU.
The new EU law, passed in March, has freed the way for new GM crop that will be resolved after several years of stalemate. But the law also provided to individual countries the right of withdrawal from the production of GMOs by to ban them even after they have been authorised by the European Commission.
Widespread in the Americas and Asia, GM crops had divided Europe. Britain was in favor of GMOs, while France and Germany are against it.
Previously, when the EU allowed crops as safe for the production, it was necessary to obtain permission from all member States of the EU.
The German Ministry of agriculture stressed that they will continue the previously announced policy banning GMOs in Germany.
Under new EU rules, countries are obliged to 3 October 2015 to inform the Commission that they intend to exercise the right to prohibit allowed new EU varieties of GM crops.
Schmidt asked that local government authorities in Germany announced on 11 September whether to include their lands in the sheet regions banning GMOs.
Source: Thomson Reuters
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